General Dynamics supplying next-gen deep-space antennas for NASA

  • 27-Jan-2011 04:49 EST

General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies received a $40.7 million contract from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to build two additional 34-m wide beam waveguide antennas as part of NASA's modernization and transformation plan to continue scientific studies of the Earth as well as explore distant bodies in the solar system. The new antennas will be located at the Deep Space Network (DSN) facility in Canberra, Australia. Originally designed by JPL and built by General Dynamics, the antennas enable the Deep Space Network to communicate with existing flight missions such as the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spitzer Space telescope, and Saturn explorer Cassini, as well as support future NASA space missions. The company has built nine 34-m antennas for NASA's DSN. Construction, integration, and testing for the two new antennas, designated Deep Space Stations 35 and 36, are scheduled for completion by 2014 and 2016, respectively.

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