Monday, November 5, 2012

Giant satellite tracking station ESA ready for opening

One of the most complex in the world stations for satellite tracking, preparing for his discovery in Malargue, Argentina, 1,000 kilometers from Buenos Aires. The new station will afford dependable communications with missions traveling through the solar system in the hundreds of millions of miles from Earth.

The new station of the European Space Agency (ESA), located near the town of Malargue, Mendoza province, after its opening, will join the work of the existing stations located in Spain and Australia.

Deep Space Antenna 3 or DSA 3 will send commands and receive data and perform radiometric measurements for missions such as Mars Express, Venus Express, Rosetta, Herschel, Planck, Gaia, BepiColombo, ExoMars, Solar Orbiter and Juice.

The main part of the construction has been completed, and the team prepares all stations need to start DSA 3. The official opening ceremony will take place later this year, and the introduction of plant commissioning and the start of the day to day operations is planned for early 2013

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