Ground Station Development at Awarua, New Zealand
The French space agency (CNES) needed to acquire Ariane 5 launcher telemetry leading up to and including spacecraft separation that would occur south-east of New Zealand for the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) campaigns to resupply the International Space Station (ISS). No established ground stations were available for this purpose.
The authors thank their colleagues at Venture Southland for their support in preparing this paper, Dr Stephen McNeill of Landcare Research for his assistance and Dr Maria Pozza of Lane Neave for her valuable contributions.
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