New 35m dish for ESA’s New Norcia station

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A new 35m, 620-tonne deep space dish antenna will be constructed at the European Space Agency’s (ESA) New Norcia ground station in Western Australia.

To be built in cooperation with the Australian Space Agency, the $70 million dish will be the site’s second 35m dish and fourth antenna overall.

The dish will feature a feed that will be cryogenically cooled to around ‘263 degrees Celsius and increase data return by up to 40%’ able to pick up a signal weaker than that of a mobile phone from the distance of Mars.

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Date: 2021-05-03T01:55:29+00:00
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ESA to build second deep space dish in Australia

On 29 April, ESA and the Australian Space Agency announced the construction of a second 35-meter, deep space antenna at ESA’s New Norcia station, located 140 kilometers north of Perth in Western Australia. The 620-ton antenna will be a new model complementing the existing deep space antenna on the site, with novel functionality and support for additional communication frequencies.

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Europe opens state of the art satellite tracking station in Argentina

A new satellite tracking station at Malargue, Mendoza, Argentina, was formally inaugurated on Tuesday, completing the trio of deep-space stations and confirming ESA, European Space Agency, as one of the world’s most technologically advanced space organisations.

The massive radio reflector dish of ESA’s new station (DS3) is the most visible indication of the impressive technology that will track missions voyaging hundreds of millions of kilometres deep in our Solar System.

Forty metres tall and with a moving antenna assembly weighing 610 tonnes, the station strikes a starkly beautiful pose 1500 meters up on an arid Argentine plain, where high tech meets the high Pampas.

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