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STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR SUPPLY (THE HONORABLE ALLEN FA I. RH A L L , Μ. P. )

WOOMERA TRACKS SATELLITE IMP0

The Minister for Supply (Mr. Allen Fairhall) said

today that Woomera had tracked the satellite IMP which was

launched from Cape Canaveral at 1230 p.m. Sydney time yesterday.

He said that the satellite was picked up hy the

Woomera minitrack and Deep Space Instrumentation Facility stations

at approximately 3»-30 a.m. Sydney time today at a range of about

80,000 miles. . 1 ,

The station tracked it until 1.50 p.m. today when

IMP was at a range of 117j000 miles.

' In addition the Woomera Deep Space Instrumentation

Facility picked up and tracked for 15 minutes an American

satellite launched at 5 a.m. Sydney time this morning. It.

was put into orbit to test a new high performance motor.

Canberra. 28th November, 19^3