With Australian television beamed to Norfolk via the Aussat
satellite; metropolitan newspapers arriving almost daily from Australia and New Zealand, and Radio Australia keeping residents abreast of news from the outside world, Lloyd says there is no need for him to carry overseas stories.
Currently, he is working for the Australian National Satellite System (AUSSAT
) and is lecturing part time at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Such arrangements recently have been assembled for the launch of Aussat
2 and for the launch of two satellites for a British company.
Also part of the mission were a number of other activities, including the deployment of three communications satellites: Mexico's Morelos 2 (Mexican payload specialist Rudolfo Neri Vela was also aboard, though not to help with the satellite), Aussat
2 for Australia, and RCA's Satcom K-2.
58 (1990), Aussat
, Culture, Policy & Technology, a follow-up marathon effort by Peter White in gathering a massive amount of commentary on the then live satellite debate.
In tracing these developments, I discuss various media efforts initiated within the Indigenous communities of Central Australia, notably the impact of AUSSAT, the evolution of the BRACS initiative, Imparja, the Tanami Network, and Pitjantjatjara Radio and, most importantly, the current and prospective uses of interactive media and the Internet.
AUSSAT, the Australian satellite service, beams television to the most remote comers of the continent, including to the sparsely populated Centre.
The launch of the AUSSAT
satellite in the mid-1980s is widely considered to have been a transformational moment for Indigenous television in Australia (Bell, 2008).
With the launch of AUSSAT
, the founding members of WAARA saw the possibilities for producing radio programming that could be made available to communities all over the state.