New Norcia station

New Norcia station

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12/12/2013 11:36 am

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ESA/S. Marti, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Description

ESA's New Norcia station, DSA-1 (Deep Space Antenna-1), hosts a 35 m-diameter parabolic antenna and is located 140 km north of Perth, Western Australia, close to the town of New Norcia. DSA-1 communicates with deep-space missions, typically at ranges in excess of 2 million km. It is also capable of supporting the ultra-precise 'delta-DOR' navigation technique.

On 14 December 2013, New Norcia station supported the powered descent of China's Chang'e-3 Moon mission; the station measured the Doppler shift of signals from the spacecraft. Recording this helped Chinese engineers to reconstruct the trajectory for future reference. 

See ESA teams ready for Moon landing

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