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New space communications station to be built in WA – iTnews

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The University of Western Australia (UWA) is set to install an optical communications station capable of receiving high-speed data transmissions from space.
The communications station will be able to receive data from spacecraft from anywhere between low-Earth orbit (between 160km and 1000km above the Earth’s surface) to as far away as the surface of the moon – about 384,000km away.
Dr Sascha Schediwy, Astrophotonics Group leader at UWA and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy (ICRAR),…

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