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ESA antenna near Perth (Australia)
ESA deep-space ground station, New Norcia, 140 km north of Perth, Australia - this is the first of a series of deep-space ground stations that ESA intends to build around the world over the coming years to make up a European Deep Space Network. The station was officially opened on 5 March 2003.

Design dimesnions – main reflector

Diameter: 35 m
Depth: 8 m
Surface contour: shaped parabol
Number of Panels 304 on 7 rings
Surface accuracy 0.3 mm rms
Weight: 100 tonnes

Design dimenstions – full antenna

Height: 40 m
Weight movable part 500 tonnes
Total weight: 620 tonnes

Credits: ESA
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