Vist to Worlds Largest Satellite Tracking Station

7 07 2007

Day one saw use all venturing up the screw sided hills, most on the snow has gone this time of year, to visit the largest satellite tracking station, and the most northern, in the world. We we given a fascinating talk about the centre and its work. A commercial station they work for organisation such as NASA, ESA, Coast Guards and private companies. By International treaty there is no military work carried out. The station tracks satellites with polar orbits.

One of the stations jobs is to track oil slicks from ships, many of them the result of illegal actions rather than accident. There are many such incidents on a daily basis. Coast guards are informed and ever effort if made to catch the culprits.

We visited the antennae, safely located under large white domes that proctect them from the weather. We have a short clip of them which we will try to post up as soon as we can, bandwidth permitting.

After that it was down to the town to take a look at the shops, there are not that many!

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