Honeysuckle Creek was formally dedicated on March 17, 1967 as one of three 85 foot USB antenna stations in the MSFN. The prime station and its wing site, DSN 42 at Tidbinbilla had supported Apollo missions since 1967.
The Honeysuckle Creek MSFN Station was located in the Australian Capital Territory about 25 miles from the Australian capital city of Canberra.
For more information on todays Australian space program and history, check the
Canberra WEB SITE.
Late Note From Ian Bruce Fraser. The Orroral Valley site was officially opened on 24 February 1966, closed in 1985 and bulldozed in 1992. Apart from a few brass plaques there is little left except in the memories of the participants. I think even the plaques have been vandalized. Honeysuckle Creek suffered a similar fate. Ian was involved in the industry at the Orroral site from January 1967 to December 1983.
A commemorative CD containing over 1250 images of the Orroral Valley Tracking Station is available through Philip Clark at his email address HERE--> firstname.lastname@example.org
April 2, 2014 - Philip Clark has recently completed a book about the Orroral Tracking Station and wanted to convey that to all the BFEC folks and other tracking station personal. The name of the book is "Acquisition - The Story of Orroral Valley Space Tracking Station" and the recommended price is AUD$59.95 but Philip will give a 10% discount to anyone in or who was in the spacetracking fraternity. There is not a website for the book, but you can contact Philip Clark at email@example.com
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