Secret satellite mission by US military teams, Philip Dorling, The Age, 8 February 2011
In what was codenamed Project Crok, personnel from the USAF space test group/space test operations squadron were deployed from Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico to HMAS Stirling south of Perth and Fort Direction near Hobart. The US teams worked in Australia for more than two months to support the initial operations of two STSS satellites launched from Cape Canaveral on September 25, 2009.
Details of the co-operation have been revealed in secret US embassy cables obtained by WikiLeaks and provided exclusively to The Age.
Project coordinator: Richard Tanter
Updated: 5 February 2014
Are civilians allowed to visit Fort Direction? If so then how?
I’ve never been there, but my understanding is there is a public park, a barracks, and a former munitions storage area which has pollution problems. The first wold be accessible easily, but I don’t know about the rest. Maybe check with the Tasmanian tourism people.