Malargüe Station (also known as DSA 3 or Deep Space Antenna 3) is a 35-metre ESTRACK radio antenna in Argentina. It enables the European Space Agency (ESA) to communicate with spacecraft in deep space. It is located 40 kilometres (25 mi) south of the town of Malargüe, Argentina. The Malargüe antenna has two sister stations, Cebreros Station, near Madrid, Spain, and New Norcia Station near New Norcia, Australia. The completion of this station allows ESTRACK to track deep space missions continuously.
The Malargüe station antenna.
|Alternative names||DSA 3|
|Location(s)||Mendoza Province, Argentina|
|Organization||European Space Operations Centre|
|Altitude||1,550 m (5,090 ft)|
|Wavelength||2, 8, 32 GHz (14.99, 3.75, 0.94 cm)|
|Telescope style||Ground station|
|Diameter||35 m (114 ft 10 in)|
On 7 December 2011, the station's 35 m-diameter dish antenna was hoisted into place. The operation took several hours and had to wait for a calm day with no wind. The station underwent tests in 2012 and was fully operational in 2013.
20kW CW High Power Amplifier (HPA) it was created by Rheinmetall Italia SpA (Italy). The monitoring and control system was implemented by Microsis srl (Italy). A 500W ASI Ka transmitter (Italian Space Agency) has been installed for Ka band transmission experiments carried out jointly with NASA. The transmitter was made by Rheinemtall Italia SpA (Italy) and Microsis srl (Italy).
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