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European Space Agency to build Australian antenna “able to detect mobile phone on Mars” – Innovation – GCR – GCR

The European Space Agency (ESA) and the Australian Space Agency have announced the construction of ……

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The European Space Agency (ESA) and the Australian Space Agency have announced the construction of a second 35m deep space radio antenna at the New Norcia station, 140km north of Perth in Western Australia.
The 620-tonne Deep Space Antenna 2 (DSA 2) will cost €45m to build and, when complete, will be sensitive enough to detect signals “far weaker than a mobile phone on the surface of Mars”.
In fact, the dishes can communicate with spacecraft as far out as 1.5 billion kilometres – about the distance…

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