SGAC Tour to NASA's Deep Space Network


Date: Tuesday, 19th September 2017

Location: Deep Space Network, Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

Schedule: 09:00 am - 12:00 pm

Address: 421 Discovery Drive, Paddy's River District, Australian Capital Territory 2620


About the Deep Space Network

NASA's Deep Space Network (DSN) is an international network of antennas that supports interplanetary spacecraft missions and radio and radar astronomy observations for the exploration of the Solar System and the universe. The DSN consists of three deep-space communications facilities placed approximately 120 degrees apart around the world: near Canberra, Australia; Goldstone, in California's Mojave Desert; and near Madrid, Spain. This strategic placement permits constant observation of spacecraft as the Earth rotates, and helps to make the DSN the largest and most sensitive scientific telecommunications system in the world.

The DSN station near Canberra has an array of giant radio antennas for interplanetary spacecraft missions and some selected Earth-orbiting science missions. Currently supporting over 30 missions, the DSN ensures that the critical science obtained by robotic spacecraft in extreme environments at incredible distances makes it back home to Earth. DSN supports high profile missions such as the Voyagers, the Mars Rovers, and Hubble as well as other spacecraft that are quietly engaged in work of equal importance that daily increases our understanding of our own small world and the universe. Source: NASA Deep Space Network.


More information about the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex at the following link.


SGAC optional tour to DSN in Canberra

The Space Generation Advisory Council has partnered with NASA Space Communications and Navigation to organize an optional tour for SGC Delegates and SGAC partners at the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex in Canberra, Australia. The tour will be held on 19th September 2017 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. NASA personnel will guide the tour attendees and show the most relevant sites of the DSN station in Canberra as well as the visitor centre.

SGAC will only cover the transportation from Canberra downtown to the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex and back to Canberra downtown. For that, SGAC will require attendees of the tour to pay a registration fee of $30 USD. This is an optional tour not included in the 16th Space Generation Congress registration fee. If you want to attend this optional tour, you will have to cover the costs of traveling to Canberra.

Since the visit will take place on Tuesday 19th September morning, SGAC recommends to overnight in Canberra before heading to Adelaide for the Space Generation Congress starting on 21th September.

Join us in this optional tour if you are interested in the amazing communication antennas of DSN and getting an insightful glimpse about Australia's role in space exploration!


How to register for the DSN tour?

The optional tour to the Deep Space Network complex in Canberra is limited to 20 attendees. The 20 spots will be assigned on a first come first served basis. More information about the registration for the tour is presented below: 

  • Deadline: 4 September 2017 
  • Registration fee: $30 USD
  • Who can apply? All SGC 2017 Delegates, SGAC members and partners.
  • How to apply? Please fill out the following Application form.
  • Registration process:
    • 1) Apply to the tour by filling out the Application form.
    • 2) After registering through the application form, you will receive an email with further instructions on how to secure your ticket through Eventbrite.
    • 3) After paying the registration fee, you will receive a confirmation email with further information about the tour logistics. 



The Space Generation Advisory Council would like to gratefully acknowledge the support provided by NASA Space Communications and Navigation to organise the optional tour to the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex. 

 NASA Space Communications and Navigation




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