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Evolution of the large Deep Space Network antennas

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1 Author(s)
Imbriale, W.A. ; Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Technol., Pasadena, CA, USA

The evolution of the largest antenna of the US NASA Deep Space Network (DSN) is described. The design, performance analysis, and measurement techniques, beginning with its initial 64-m operation at S-band (2295 MHz) in 1966 and continuing through the present Ka-band (32-GHz) operation at 70 m, is described. Although their diameters and mountings differ, these parabolic antennas all employ a Cassegrainian feed system, and each antenna dish surface is constructed of precision-shaped perforated-aluminum panels that are secured to an open steel framework.<>

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Antennas and Propagation Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:33 ,  Issue: 6 )