Sat. Jan 29th, 2022

Deep Space Network has unveiled a valuable addition to its resources in the communication sector. The company rolled out a Deep Space Station 56, or DSS-56, that will be facilitating communication from the Madrid Deep Space Communications Complex in Spain. The development of the 35-meter-wide antenna begun four years ago and Deep Space Network has been channeling all of its resources towards the program to ensure it becomes operational.

Last year, the company witnessed sluggish progress due to the coronavirus pandemic’s influence, but the engineers pulled through and finished the project in time. Deep Space Network (DSN) is renowned for using its radio antennas to interact with the spacecraft gracing the solar system.

Initially, antennas were limited with their frequency bands from receiving and transmitting other signals because they belonged to companies with advanced technology or could not be compatible with the specific spacecraft. The Deep Space Station 56, or DSS-56, became the first antenna to link up with all the frequency bands and communication channels that the Deep Space Network has affiliations with within its activities.

This concept implies that the antenna can process all the missions that DSN supports. Additionally, the antenna can support the Madrid complex’s weak antennas, which take time to receive and transmit the required systems’ signals. The company has proved its credibility as a company dealing in antenna communication activities.

The introduction of DSS-56 and other 34-meter communication antennas in all three Deep Space Network centers will help the company facilitate communication and navigational help for Mars and the Moon’s coming missions. Additionally, the Artemis missions will benefit from this extension since they will develop software that clicks with these antennas to resolve communication breakdown. Mega missions witnessed communication challenges between their resources in space and the control centers or ground stations on Earth.

More missions will eventually suit up utilize the network since they would be assured of unfailing communication between their engineers on Earth and the astronauts navigating in the spaceships. Additionally, it would be possible to conduct space tours since the system would communicate the travailing weather conditions to inform the missions’ delay until such a time when the skies are clear for space navigation. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory runs the Deep Space Network to facilitate the Human Exploration and Operations’ Space Communication and Navigation program. The new device will ensure that this company lives up to this task.

By Adam