The National Aeronautics And Space Administration (NASA) on Thursday revealed information about their brand new project.
The planetary experts at the space agency informed in a press conference about a new device, an antenna, that will be making contact and will be communicating with the space agency’s distant robotic spacecraft in the space.
This project is a part of the Deep Space Network (DSN), the 112-foot-wide (34-meter-wide) antenna dish that is designed by NASA. It represents a future in which more upcoming missions and projects that will need superior technology, such as lasers proficient of communicating vast amounts of information from astronauts on the Martian surface.
As part of its Artemis program, officials at NASA are planning to send the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024
Using large antenna dishes, NASA talks to more than 30 deep space missions on any provided day, consisting of many international tasks. As more tasks have started and with more in progress, the space agency is planning to strengthen the network. When completed in 2½ years, the new dish will be named Deep Space Station-23 (DSS-23).
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages this complete project in Pasadena, California. It is the world’s largest and most involved deep space network. It is gathered in three locations, namely Goldstone, California; Madrid, Spain; and Canberra, Australia — that are located about 120 degrees apart throughout the globe to allow regular contact with spacecraft as the blue planet rotates.
This would be the first addition to Goldstone since 2003, the new dish is being developed at the complex’s Apollo place, and as its name suggest, its DSS-16 antenna supports NASA’s human missions to the Moon.