DSS-63 Archive - System overview

  1. Introduction
  2. Antenna
  3. Implementation
  4. Credits


This Archive includes the observations in K-band (18 - 26 GHz) of the DSS-63 antenna taken during 2006. The system is prepared for future extensions to other ranges, in particular the Q-band (40 - 50 GHz) and Ka-band (32 GHz) and forms part of a pioneering work developed through a collaboration between the AMIGA group (IAA-CSIC) and LAEX (CAB / INTA-CSIC ) for the integration of radio astronomical archives in the Virtual Observatory.


The "Madrid Deep Space Communication Complex" (MDSCC), located in Robledo de Chavela (Madrid), is one of three stations of the NASA Deep Space Network (DSN).

The DSS-63 (70m of diameter) is the biggest antenna in the MDSCC. Due to international agreements, 5 % of its operation time is used for radio astronomical observations in K-band (from 18 to 26 GHz). This band includes very interesting features like H2O masers , metastable NH3 lines, methanol and CCS among others.


The archive system has been built according the following schema:


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