Island Lagoon Tracking Station

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Island Lagoon Tracking Station
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The 26 meter antenna at the tracking station
Alternative names Deep Space Station 41 Edit this at Wikidata
Observatory Deep Space Network Edit this on Wikidata
Location(s) South Australia, Australia Edit this at Wikidata
Coordinates 31°22′54″S 136°53′14″E / 31.3818°S 136.8873°E / -31.3818; 136.8873Coordinates: 31°22′54″S 136°53′14″E / 31.3818°S 136.8873°E / -31.3818; 136.8873 Edit this at Wikidata
Telescope style radio telescope Edit this on Wikidata
Diameter 26 m (85 ft 4 in) Edit this at Wikidata
Island Lagoon Tracking Station is located in Australia
Island Lagoon Tracking Station
Location of Island Lagoon Tracking Station

The Island Lagoon Tracking Station (Deep Space Station 41), an Earth station in Australia, was the first deep space station to be established outside of the United States, near Woomera, South Australia in November 1960.[1][2]

This area was chosen as the Australian government was working with the government of the United Kingdom on rocket and satellite research close by.

The tracking station began as a trailer installation, and was operational in time for the International Geophysical Year of 1957. By the 1960s, the station consisted of permanent buildings and was a major unit in the network. During the American Project Mercury program, it served as station No. 9 in NASA's Manned Space Flight Network.

The station was operated by the Australian Department of Supply and provided support for deep space missions until 22 December 1972.

Subsequent tracking stations built by NASA in Australia were:


  1. ^ Mackellar, Colin (2010-04-10). "Island Lagoon DSS-41". A Tribute to Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station. Retrieved 2010-04-23. 
  2. ^ Mudgway, Douglas J. (2001), "Woomera, Australia" (PDF), Uplink-Downlink: A History of the Deep Space Network, 1957–1997, The NASA History Series, Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Office of External Relations, pp. 20–22, NASA SP-2001-4227, retrieved 2010-04-23