Deep Space Station 35 (DSS35) is a new antenna to be built at
the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC) at Tidbinbilla,
35kms southwest of Canberra.
DSS35 will be a Beam Wave
Guide (BWG) design meaning that the antenna has its transmission
and receiving equipment located in an underground structure that
forms the base pedestal on top of which the main antenna structure
and dish are supported.
The pedestal design, which
is already used in one of the current 34-metre antennas currently
located at CDSCC (DSS34) allows for easier and safer access to
the antennas electronic systems which would otherwise be inside
the antenna structure.
DSS35 will also incorporate
a 20 kilowatt transmitter and be capable of transmitting across
S- and Ka-band radio frequencies for deep space communication
to interplanetary robotic spacecraft.
Over the next 10-15 years the planets align in such a way that
the Southern Hemisphere will have the best overall view of the
existing spacecraft spread out across the Solar System.
DSS35 will expand the
capabilities of CDSCC providing an additional antenna aperture
to support these missions, plus the planned and expected growth
in deep space missions being launched over the next decade. CDSCC
already supports over three dozen individual robotic spacecraft.
DSS35 Quick Statistics
Name: Deep Space Station
Type: 34-metre Beam Wave Guide
Size: 34-metre diameter 'dish'
35-metres height (from ground level to top of antenna in upright
10-metres underground base pedestal structure
across S- to Ka-bands between 20-80 kilowatts
Receive: Receive signals from spacecraft that are equivalent
to 1/20 billionth of a watt
Groundbreaking: 25 February
Start Construction: September 2010
Completion: September 2014