Telstra Satellite Exchange

PITC Gnangara is one of only seven ground-based communications centers tasked with tracking the NASA space shuttle as it orbits the earth. Gnangara is a multiuser ground-based satellite communications centre, located half an hour north of the Perth CBD in Western Australia. The main site functions are to provide Satellite tracking, Internet, International television broadcasts and International & Satellite phone communications.


The biggest challenge of this project was to maintain a fully functional Automatic Emergency Generation Plant whilst updating and replacing the entire aging control system. Power & Drive Solutions overcame this challenge by implementing extensive Project Management, planning and coordination off all staff involved.


Power & Drive implemented a new control system which has modernised the entire Emergency Generation Plant utilising the latest in generator control equipment including Digital Load Sharing, Synchronisation and Power Management. Along with integration with the existing BMS, the new upgraded BMS and advanced Master Control Station with remote monitoring connection ensuring that any alarm or fault be distributed to all relevant personnel as soon as possible.