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PostPosted: 31 Mar 2010, 16:40 
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Found on ebay...
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/HUGE-Dieletric-S ... 266wt_1165


Looking for something out of the ordinary maybe a piece of Australia's Nurrungar Missile Detection Base could tempt you.......
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a fabulous piece of our Australian History.

For Sale is one huge Dielectric Space Frame Radome, 67 Feet in Diameter, once used to house satellite dishes, built at a cost of around $350.00

South Australia's mid -north Nurrungar, situated near Woomera, once hosted the United States Air Force, who used the base to detect early warning signals against missile attacks. The base closed in the late 1990s where they sold some incredible items this was one of them !!

The Radome is currently dismantled and packed in two 42foot containers so transport around Australia is no problem. Containers are not included in this sale they are for transport purposes only, I can quote on transport cost to anywhere in within Australia except Tasmania.

90% of the stainless steel nuts and bolts are supplied with the dome. Easy to erect all panels are colour coded and marked with letters, it takes four people 10 days to erect plus scaffolding which you can hire, all erecting procedures are in the manual.

Also included is the 101 page instruction manual for construction and maintenance (see photos of cover and index)

This is the complete Radome with a total of 430 fiberglass panels roughly 10 panels need a small amount of repair, not a hard job. I purchased this to use as a Art Gallery but my plans have changed, can be viewed in Adelaide - South Australia.


Can't think what I'd use it for, but I want one!! 8)


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PostPosted: 23 Jun 2010, 00:09 
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Gosh, that would certainly make a statement in the front yard of a suburban house :lol:


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PostPosted: 23 Jun 2010, 05:58 
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You could use it to stop birds from sitting on your TV antenna.

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I was going to delete the post thinking it was spam but wow, that's cool. =D> great post. This wuld be pretty cool, even better if it came from Pine Gap.

I wonder if anyone knows why its for sale is there any less threat of missiles these days or is the technology just outdated ?


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Nurrungar's purpose was to provide early warning of Soviet intercontinental ballistic missile launches, and to detect nuclear tests. Those functions became less important after the end of the Cold War, although the base did detect the launch of some Iraqi Scud missiles during the Second Gulf War.

It was undoubtedly a top nuclear target for the Soviet Union during the Cold War. However the release of secret US military files on Nurrungar show that US governments believed Australian politics and public opinion posed as much of a threat to the existence of Nurrungar as did enemy missiles! The US Air Force was sensitive to the "political hazards" of building "a large secretive installation in a foreign country".

In 1971 the Nixon administration believed that the McMahon government in Australia was far too cagey about the actual role of Nurrungar, being anxious to "avoid public debate" in Australia about the base. Nevertheless, in deference to the Australian government's fears, the US agreed to maintain a higher level of secrecy in Australia about Nurrungar than it did in the US.

Nurrungar was closed in 1999 and its operations were transferred to the Pine Gap base near Alice Springs. The village of Woomera now owns the property and is trying to find new uses for it.


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