11/15/2012
Following high-level discussions Wednesday with Australia’s Defense Minister Stephen Smith, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Pannetta announced that the U.S. military will station in Australia an advanced radar to help track space junk threatening satellites, and is working toward placement of a new, state-of-the-art deep-space telescope, called the Space Surveillance Telescope, developed by DARPA. The positioning of the advanced military equipment is another sign of strengthening U.S. military ties with Australia. Once relocated to Australia's Harold E. Holt Naval Communications Station, C-Band radar will be the first low-earth orbit space surveillance network sensor in the southern hemisphere. (Image Credit: NASA / Pictured: Haystack radar at Tyngsboro, MA, is used by NASA to assess orbital debris)
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