1966 to 1968

NASA establishes a small mobile satellite tracking station near the lighthouse at Larrakeyah Point, Darwin.

On 7 June 1966 it supports the orbital insertion of Orbiting Geophysical Observatory (OGO)-3 into a very eccentric orbit. At the time OGO-3 was the largest experimental satellite placed in orbit.

After the OGO mission, a small team from NASA’s Cooby Creek tracking station (located near Toowoomba, Queensland) uses the Darwin station to support experiments with the Application Technology Satellite program until 1968.

Last updated: 18 November 2019

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