Space Station 43 commenced operations in 1973. It remains the
largest steerable antenna in the Southern Hemisphere.
Space Station 43
19691973, extended in 1987 | DSS 43 is the largest steerable
parabolic antenna in the Southern Hemisphere. The massive structure,
weighing more than 3000 tonnes, rotates on a film of oil approximately
0.17mm thick. The reflector surface is made up of 1,272 aluminium
panels with a total surface area of 4180 square metres.