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Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology Taps Av-Comm to Upgrade Satellite Earth Station

By | January 24, 2017
      Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology ground station. Photo: Av-Comm

      Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology ground station. Photo: Av-Comm

      [Via Satellite 01-24-2017] Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology has awarded Av-Comm a multi-antenna contract to refurbish and upgrade four 3.7-meter earth station satellite antennas at their Crib Point facility in Australia’s Victoria region.

      The contract includes refurbishment of the existing 3.7-meter parabolic antennas and feedhorns, and the installation of solid-state antenna controls and satellite tracking equipment. Once upgraded, the 3.7-meter antennas will form part of a network of antennas used to range the Chinese-operated Feng Yun constellation of weather satellites orbiting in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO). The ranging conducted at the Crib Point facility is used to pinpoint the location in three dimensions in real time providing critical information to the constellation’s Telemetry, Tracking and Command (TT&C).

      In addition to the ranging activities, the antennas will be used to downlink raw weather information and imagery used by the bureau to make periodic weather predictions for a wide variety of stakeholders.