Under the shadow of its 1.8m telescope situated on Mt Stromlo (Canberra), Geoscience Australia and EOS have renewed an agreement to conduct important satellite laser ranging operations.
This agreement continues an over twenty year relationship between the two organisations, which saw the whole facility rebuilt in 2003 as a result of damage caused by the Canberra bush fires.
“Accurate laser ranging data produced by EOS is used by various international space agencies, like NASA, to accurately measure a satellite’s position in orbit, tectonic plate movements and for verifying GPS data,” CEO of EOS Space Systems, Craig Smith said. “Our partnership with Geoscience Australia shows that when government and industry can work together, Australia can make a real contribution to the global space community and actively grow high technology space jobs for Australians.”
This multi-million dollar contract, up to five years, will support EOS employing a range of Australian space professionals and aligns with EOS’ own investments in developing world leading space domain awareness capabilities.