Definition of tracking station in US English:

tracking station


  • A place from which the movements of missiles, aircraft, or satellites are tracked by radar or radio.

    • ‘Spy Valley takes its name from the large top-secret satellite tracking station based in the Waihopai Valley.’
    • ‘Galileo will consist of about 30 satellites, a global network of tracking stations and central control facilities in Europe.’
    • ‘New Zealand is involved in electronic surveillance already, particularly through the Waihopai Valley tracking station near Blenheim, which is part of the US-led Echelon five-nation network.’
    • ‘A confirmation of successful release is expected to be received from NASA's Deep Space Network tracking stations at Madrid, Spain and Goldstone, Calif., shortly before 8: 00 p.m.’
    • ‘They're like people who live in the same town where NASA has a tracking station, and think that it makes them all astronauts.’
    • ‘The ground or control segment consists of several tracking stations placed at different locations over the Earth's surface, and a central ground station.’
    • ‘NASA's Deep Space Network tracking station in Madrid, Spain, acquired a signal at about 4:00 p.m.’
    • ‘Global networks of tracking stations produce the observations that make generation of the precise ephemerides possible.’
    • ‘Predators were identified in each of the study areas by using tracking stations, by visual observation, and by evidence remaining at predated nest sites.’
    • ‘Another part of the launch base is made up of the tracking stations.’
    • ‘A test this month will verify the spacecraft's ability to communicate through NASA's Deep Space Network tracking stations.’
    • ‘It was on the site of a U.S. Navy tracking station that had been built during World War II and given back to the local government in the 1970s.’
    • ‘It has a satellite tracking station in Kiribati.’
    • ‘Shortly after 7: 00 am, a number of aftershocks and subsequent earthquakes were registered by tracking stations around the world.’
    • ‘But today the Ministry of Defence, which owns the facility, confirmed that only defence contractors working on the island's radar tracking station will now be able to use it.’


tracking station

/ˈtrækɪŋ ˈsteɪʃən//ˈtrakiNG ˈstāSHən/