Between 1974 and 1977 there were intermittent problems with the data recording equipment on the satellite. With limited storage capacity on the tape, delays in transmission were observed.
NASA was also starting to plan future satellites which would not carry onboard data recorders. Data from them would only be available through direct transmission. In the last months of the Whitlam government, the Minister for Science, Clyde Cameron, asked the Australian Science, Technology and Engineering Council (ASTEC) to consider a conceptual proposal to establish Landsat reception facilities in Australia. ASTEC recommended against the proposal.
In 1977 ASTEC was again asked to consider a proposal for establishing Landsat reception facilities in more parts in Australia. This time the proposal was vigorously supported by the mining industry, which guaranteed to buy enough data to make the project work financially. The proposal was accepted and a recommendation forwarded to Cabinet that the Australian Landsat Station (ALS) be built. So due to all these things in some parts of Australia, there were issues, which was resolved later on.