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The United States military will station a powerful radar and a space telescope in Australia as part of a major refocusing of priorities towards Asia.
The deal calls for the first deployment of a US Air Force C-band radar in the southern hemisphere, allowing the Americans to better track space debris.
It was built by the Pentagon's hi-tech research arm, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), and Australia was chosen as an ideal spot for the cutting-edge device, officials said.
Mr Smith, the Defence Minister, says the two countries have been discussing space issues at the AUSMIN meetings for several years. He says the radar "will add considerably to surveillance of space debris in our part of the world". "We'll set that up in the north west of WA at our Exmouth facility," he said. "We're also in discussions about the possibility of transferring from New Mexico to Australia a space surveillance telescope for use for the same purpose." The C-band is currently in Antigua at a US Air Force facility.
Originally posted by kiwitina948
reply to post by Thecakeisalie
That's not good if the US is focussing their attentions on this side of the world. Next thing you know they'll be creating some false flag event in Aussie and then invading, war on terror (blahblah), take the country over and declare Martial Law - about sums up their modus operandi (hidden agenda).
DARPA’s ground-based Space Surveillance Telescope (SST) may soon head to Australia. An agreement reached this week with Australia’s Department of Defense will allow DARPA to take the 180,000 lb. three-mirror Mersenne-Schmidt telescope to Australia to track and catalogues space debris and objects unique to the space above that region of the world that could threaten DoD satellites. In the joint agreement, the U.S. and Australia have decided to work towards the establishment of the Space Surveillance Telescope (SST) on Australian soil.
SST was developed to detect and track previously unseen small objects at the deep space altitudes associated with geosynchronous orbits (roughly 22,000 miles high). Begun in 2002, SST achieved many technical firsts and advances. Able to search an area in space the size of the United States in seconds, SST uses the first large curved charge coupled device focal array. It currently possesses the steepest primary mirror ever polished allowing the telescope to have the fastest optics of this aperture class. The system is capable of detecting a small laser pointer on top of New York City’s Empire State Building from a distance equal to Miami, Florida. These features combine to provide orders of magnitude improvements in field of view and scanning for deep space surveillance.