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70m telescope at the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex
Tidbinbilla Locality Map

The Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex (CDSCC) is located in Australia at Tidbinbilla in a valley of the Murrumbidgee River, about half an hours drive out of Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory, accessible from either the northern or southern suburbs from the Paddy's River Road. (see map: the Tidbinbilla Nature Park is marked by the star, with the station in the valley mid-way towards the Weston Creek (district) suburban area.

It is part of the worldwide Deep Space Network run by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The complex is commonly referred to as the Tidbinbilla Deep Space Tracking Station.

The station is seperated from Canberra by the Murrumbidgee River, but most notably by the Coolamon Ridge and Urambi Hills that help shield the city's RF noise from the dishes. Located nearby is the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

The CSIRO manages most of NASA's activities in Australia. Since March 2003, Raytheon Australia has managed the CDSCC on behalf of the CSIRO and NASA.

The station's collimation tower is some 3km to the north-west, on Black Hill.

External links

  • Official CDSCC Webpage (http://www.cdscc.nasa.gov/)

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