Construction complete on new satellite station

Maritime NZ has marked the completion of construction on a new satellite receiving station between Rotorua and Taupo.

The new site, part of a joint project with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), will speed up rescues for people setting off distress beacons when it goes on line next year. It utilises a new generation of satellites, of which there are more than three times the number orbiting than current search and rescue satellites.

An aerial view of Maritime NZ’s new satellite receiving station between Rotorua and Taupo

An aerial view of Maritime NZ’s new satellite receiving station between Rotorua and Taupo.

McMurdo software engineer Josh Ahmanson outlines of the operation of the site’s data centre to (from left) Rescue Coordination Centre NZ manager Mike Hill, Maritime NZ Director Keith Manch, and Maritime NZ General Manager Safety and Response Services Nigel Clifford

McMurdo software engineer Josh Ahmanson outlines of the operation of the site’s data centre to (from left) Rescue Coordination Centre NZ manager Mike Hill, Maritime NZ Director Keith Manch, and Maritime NZ General Manager Safety and Response Services Nigel Clifford.

Maritime NZ General Manager Safety and Response Services Nigel Clifford (left) and Taupo rescue helicopter pilot John Funnell, with a range of distress beacons

Maritime NZ General Manager Safety and Response Services Nigel Clifford (left) and Taupo rescue helicopter pilot John Funnell, with a range of distress beacons.

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