Deep Space Station 36 is about to start construction (far left)
while DSS35 (top centre) enters the last phase of construction.
Space Station 36 Construction to Begin
The second of
our new antennas is about to grow
Monday 11 November 2013
work continues on Deep Space Station 35 (DSS35), the first of
the new 34 metre dishes being built at the Canberra Deep Space
Communication Complex (CDSCC) located at Tidbinbilla, work on
the second beam waveguide dish to be known as Deep Space Station
36 (DSS36) is about to begin.
late 2010 and early 2011, when construction began on DSS35, it
was planned that the excavation works for both of the new 34
metre, beam waveguide antennas would be done simultaneously.
This would allow for general groundworks and initial infrastructure
to be put in place for both of the new dishes, saving time later
in the construction process.
THE HOLE AWAITS: Groundworks for DSS36 have been on hold while
construction of DSS35 continues.
commenced on the DSS35 base pedestal structure in early 2011,
leaving the excavation for DSS36 idle over the past 2.5 years.
That's all about to change however, with the inital work on the
base pedestal for this second dish to get underway later this
of the beam waveguide antenna means that the key systems of receivers
and transmitters are housed in an underground concrete cylinder
that's about two-storeys high (or in this case, deep). Over the
next few months, the excavation area will be cleaned up and readied
for the pouring of a concrete levelling layer. The layer will
then be topped by nearly a metre thick concrete 'floor' for the
cylinder that will eventually contain the antenna's electronic
DSS35's construction, webcams will enable the public to watch
the new dish as it 'grows' over the next three years. The pedestal
works will take about a year to complete, including back filling
the underground section and preparing the above ground surface
area for construction of the actual antenna and dish components.
two web cameras are focussed on the new construction area and
can be sourced through the following links or by clicking the
pictures immediately above and below. Webcam A and B
DISH WATCH: Webcams will allow viewers to watch the DSS36 antenna
grow over the next three years.
Space Station 35 Update
DSS35 has less than a year to go before it is planned to come
online for space tracking. Much of the work to be done now will
be 'inside' the base pedestal. The antenna will soon be handed
over from the construction contractors and be put in the hands
of CDSCC's engineers and technicians for the installation of
the antenna's transmitter and receiver systems. In parallel,
antenna pointing calibration will continue and then, under the
current schedule, is expected to come into operational service
in late 2014.
above ground, the concrete apron under the dish and road leading
up to the antenna is being completed. Webcams will continue to
watch DSS35 over most of this final phase before possibly being
moved to watch the works on DSS36. DSS35 Webcams A and B plus linked on
the images below.
ON THE SURFACE: The concrete hard deck is being laid around the
antenna base. The last stage of above ground works.
Much of the antenna structure is completed, with the serious
work of electronics being installed just beginning.
also follow the progress of the antenna construction through
CDSCC's Twitter feed: @CanberraDSN
Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex is managed in Australia
by the CSIRO on behalf of NASA's Deep Space Network. It is one
of three stations worldwide, the others located near Madrid (Spain)
and Goldstone, California (USA).