Spotting large arrays @ Google Earth
Identifying large antenna systems in satellite and aerial photography
Volker Grassmann, DF5AI
December 12, 2005 - updated May 19, 2007
The internet service Google Earth  has stimulated a surprising high public interest in satellite and aerial photography. Ordinary internet users develop into armchair 007 agents by investigating the details of confidential facilities and installations on their home computers. The British news service The Register has even launched the so-called black helicopter competition  resulting in tons of photographs displaying military aircrafts, aircraft carriers and submarines all over the world. Being radio amateurs, we are however interested in satellite images of large antennas. See the following gallery of large arrays and radio telescopes. You are welcome to contribute your personal findings, see the below paragraph. Please note that all photographs are copyright of Google Inc. Mountain View, U.S.A., please read the legal notice on the right.
By clicking the button, you may access the webpage of the corresponding facility which also presents "ordinary" photographs of the installations. If you wish to access the original display at Google Earth, press the button which uploads the scenery to your browser, i.e. you do not need to install the Google Earth software here. Please note that Google Earth varies the geographical resolution depending on the actual satellite image material. Some images therefore show highly detailed features, other images can support low resolution only.
Remarks: By pressing the LOAD button, your browser will receive a command line which includes the country and also the geographical coordinates. This procedure does not work with places located in the United States though because you cannot use "usa" or something equivalent here. Therefore, "mexico" is used as an arbitrary placeholder when targeting places in the United States. Users are requested to ignore this unexpected behaviour which may be hopefully removed in the future.
Legal notice: All web sites which may be accessed by following the below links were selected for photodocumentary purposes only. In no event will the author be liable for the web sites' content including, but not limited to, the web sites' style, information accuracy and reliability and the legal rights connected to the photographs displayed on those web sites.
Submit your findings
Did you find even more large arrays at Google Earth? You are requested to submit your findings, see the instructions at the bottom of this web apge.
Scientific antenna systems
Ham radio antennas
Governmental and military antenna systems
Google no longer presents this site in full geographical resolution.
... to be continued
Submitting your findings
Your contribution to this collection is very much appreciated. However, you are requested not to send output files from the Google Earth client software. Please follow the below procedure to submit your findings: