Bureau of Meteorology's Middle Point and Shoal Bay ground stations

The Bureau of Meteorology has an extensive network of ground stations with the ability to send and receive signals from satellites. The Middle Point and Shoal Bay ground stations downlink data that is used in the bureau’s weather prediction models.

However, they can also play a role in international space missions. In June 2019, SpaceX launched its Falcon Heavy rocket carrying COSMIC-2 - six satellites with the purpose of improving weather forecasts and space weather monitoring. The Middle Point ground station had a crucial role in this mission, sending command and control information to the satellite.

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Last updated: 23 September 2019

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