NBN Co has announced locations for three satellite ground stations in Western Australia, to deliver access to the National Broadband Network for Australian's outside the NBN's fibre footprint and the reach of its fixed wireless service.
Ground stations will be built at Carnarvon, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie. NBN Co estimates that construction of each station will employ 20-30 workers.
Between 1963 and 1996, Carnarvon housed a tracking station originally used for NASA's Project Gemini, which included support for the US Apollo program, including the first moon landing. NBN Co recruited US astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, to promote the new ground stations.
"I think it’s just wonderful that Carnarvon will soon be reviving its historic links with space with the launch of a National Broadband Network satellite base station," Aldrin said in a statement provided by NBN Co.
"The revitalisation of a site that played such a central role in NASA’s Apollo missions will prepare people in the Australian outback for the next frontier in communications via the National Broadband Network."
The ground stations will help provide the 12Mbps Long Term Satellite Service, which will replace the NBN's current 6Mbps Interim Satellite Service.
In August NBN Co a satellite ground station will be built at Ceduna, South Australia.