Story: Southland region

Space tracking station, Awarua

Space tracking station, Awarua

Formerly New Zealand's main radio receiving station, Awarua is a site for upper-atmosphere research. Two kilometres away, a European Space Agency tracking station was first used in March 2008. This dish was brought in for the launch and then taken away, but Venture Southland was planning a permanent installation and a radio astronomy telescope.

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Venture Southland
Photograph by Robin McNeill

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David Grant, 'Southland region - Transport, power and other advances', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/20117/space-tracking-station-awarua (accessed 24 January 2019)

Story by David Grant, updated 25 May 2015