Gove ‘ELDO’ Satellite Tracking Antenna Heritage Listed

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Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Hon Chansey Paech, has permanently declared a European Launcher Development Organisation (ELDO) satellite tracking antenna in Gove as a heritage object.

Built in Belgium in 1966, the ELDO satellite tracking antenna was one of five parabolic dish antennae with an ‘XY’ tracking axis mount that were originally installed at the Gove Down Range Guidance and Telemetry Station.

The antenna was developed to help guide rockets into orbit and to track rockets launched from Woomera in South Australia as they passed over the Northern Territory.

This antenna is the only survivor of the five original ELDO antennae, and is a significant and tangible reminder of Australia’s involvement in a major program in the field of early space research and development.

ELDO’s satellite launch program can be considered a spectacular and technically complex activity in Australia and particularly at the Gove Down Range Guidance and Telemetry Station.

Heritage listing means that the antenna will have the full protection of the Northern Territory Heritage Act 2011.

More information on heritage listed sites and objects can be found on the NT Heritage Register.

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