Deep Space Station 45 watches the skies as the construction of
Deep Space Station 35 continues in the foreground. Photo: CDSCC
an Eye on Space Exploration's Giant Ears
you a bird's eye view on NASA's new deep space dishes
Wednesday, 14th December 2011
webcams have been installed at the CSIRO operated Canberra Deep
Space Communication Complex (CDSCC) at Tidbinbilla and are providing
a real time view of new spacecraft tracking antennas currently
being built by NASA.
The webcams, accessible here WEBCAM-1 and WEBCAM-2; are currently pointing at the foundation
of the first new antenna being built, which will be known as
Deep Space Station 35 (DSS35).
and DSS36 (the other new antenna to be built) will be 'dishes'
34-metres in diameter and will able to transmit and receive across
a wide range of radio frequencies for deep space communication
with interplanetary robotic spacecraft. The new antennas will
support the expected growth of deep space missions being launched
over the next decade.
The webcams for Deep Space Station 35 are updated approximately
every 30 seconds in daylight hours only. Photo: CDSCC
will further expand the CDSCC's capabilities as one of three
global Deep Space Network stations responsible for communicating
with spacecraft from NASA and other space agencies. The other
two stations are the Madrid Deep Space Communications Complex
(Spain) and the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in
antenna (DSS35) is due for completion in late 2014 with the second
antenna (DSS36) expected to be completed in 2016.
of webcams and antenna construction, it's also possible to follow
the construction of CSIRO's Australian Square Kilometre Array
Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope in the Mid West of Western Australia.
Just click here to check out the latest developments at