Optus satellite facility tour: photos

Optus satellite facility tour: photos

Summary: ZDNet Australia goes behind the scenes at Optus' satellite facility in Belrose just north of Sydney to see how the telco manages its five satellites currently in orbit.

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  • (Credit: Josh Taylor/ZDNet Australia)

    Four major antennas on the ground, and a number of smaller satellites in the air send and receive data from the B3, C1 and three D series satellites Optus has in orbit.

    The smaller antennas are designed to replicate the service a customer receives, and allows Optus to ensure everything is working as required.

  • (Credit: Josh Taylor/ZDNet Australia)

    This antenna communicates with the B3 satellite. As this is the oldest satellite, its orbit is not as controlled as the newer satellites, and the dish must move to compensate for changes in the satellite's position. The satellite is expected to remain in orbit for around three to four more years.

  • (Credit: Josh Taylor/ZDNet Australia)

    Paul Sheridan, director of Optus Satellite, told ZDNet Australia that, in addition to guiding Optus' 10 satellite launches, the centre has assisted the launches of 70 other satellites for other companies.

    "Because of the expertise in the building, there's a unique group of people with talent here that is found nowhere else in Australia."

    Each launch takes about 10 to 15 days from start to completion.

Topics: Telcos, Emerging Tech, Optus

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Armed with a degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Journalism, Josh keeps a close eye on the telecommunications industry, the National Broadband Network, and all the goings on in government IT.

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