7 MarchMar 2017

Visit to Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC)

Back in November, I along with the CSIRO, NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and U.S. Embassy Canberra, had the honour of opening the DSS36 antenna at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC) at Tidbinbilla – the final piece of the Deep Space Network Aperture Enhancement Project.

I’m pleased to say that the video from the day is now available for viewing on the CSIRO website.

Currently, the complex is supporting missions including:

– Cassini spacecraft at Saturn
– Mars missions – including the Opportunity and Curiosity rovers;
– Messenger spacecraft currently orbiting Mercury;
– New Horizons spacecraft travelling to Pluto and beyond, and
– Voyager 1 and 2, which have been in space for over 37 years.

As well as supporting current missions, DSS36 will also provide support for the anticipated growth in deep space missions to be launched over the coming decade.


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