DVIDS – Information – New antenna at NASA’s Fort Irwin advanced makes approach for brand spanking new area explorations

NASA officials, the Fort Irwin community, and visitors to the High Desert laid the foundation stone with a new antenna at Fort Irwin’s Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex on Feb.11.

The new antenna dish is called “Deep Space 23” and will be part of a network as missions reach new milestones in the 21st century NASA’s vision for space exploration.

“The future looks great and what makes it look great is the people who make it possible,” said Badri Younes, assistant associate administrator for NASA Space Communications and Navigation.

This local Goldstone location is one of only three complexes around the world known as the Deep Space Network, including Madrid, Spain and Canberra, Australia. They were developed to enable the ability to communicate with spacecraft not only in orbit but also deeper into our solar system. The Deep Space Network complexes are spaced evenly 120 degrees from each other for 360 degree coverage of constant communication with spacecraft around the world as the earth rotates. The data improves understanding of the solar system and the larger universe.

This is the groundbreaking ceremony for a new antenna in 24 years. This new antenna dish is the fourth fully operational at the Deep Space Network’s Fort Irwin / Goldstone site. It is located on the so-called “Apollo” site with two additional antennas that are all 34 meters wide. The largest antenna is a few miles away on the so-called “Mars” site and is 70 meters wide.

Goldstone was the first location selected for a Deep Space Station in 1958 because of its optimal location – a remote area of ​​the Mojave Desert, free from radio signal interference.

In keeping with the name of the new court (Deep Space 23), 23 fifth, sixth and sixth grade students from the Barstow STEM Academy and the Fort Irwin Homeschool Community were invited to take part in the historic moment. The students led the audience to the pledge of loyalty and even had the opportunity to ask and answer questions about space, as well as taking photos with the location of the new antenna dish.

Madisyn Carlson is one of Fort Irwin’s students who was allowed to attend. She said she enjoyed being able to ask questions and even learn who the first woman was in space, but that wasn’t her favorite part.

“It’s a great experience,” she said. “I liked when we made the promise of loyalty.”

NASA’s Deep Space Network. It is the largest and most sensitive scientific telecommunications system in the world.

The Deep Space Network is operated by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which also operates many of the agency’s interplanetary robotic space missions.

For more than half a century, the Goldstone arm of the Deep Space Network has provided an important communication link for manned and unmanned spacecraft operated by NASA / JPL. Fifty years of space exploration have seen many milestones in both robotic and manned spacecraft. From the first encounters on the planet, the first human landing on the moon, to missions reaching the most distant points of our solar system, the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex was there to bring home the critical data, images or science .

To get astronauts to the Moon and Mars requires advanced technologies, such as: B. Lasers, capable of transmitting significantly more data, and spacecraft tracking. The Deep Space Network is groundbreaking for success.

Recording date: 06/03/2020
Release Date: 01/25/2021 4:41 PM
Story ID: 387567
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