Deep Space Antenna 43 CDSCC

Project Overview

Sector: Health & Research
Location: Australia - Canberra
Status: In Progress

Project Features

  • International standard deep space antenna
  • Antenna dimensions - 70m (height) x 70m (diameter)
  • Transmitter and servo bearing cooling upgrade
  • Adiabatic coolers, buffer tanks and pumps
  • Ancillary plant including expansion vessels, air-dirt separators, frost protection measures etc
  • VAV boxes
  • Fire-smoke dampers
  • BMS upgrade

Project Details

Benmax has an established relationship with the CSIRO having previously completed works at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex located within the Tidbinbilla National Park, Canberra. Awarded the mechanical services contract for their latest project, the team are currently on site completing a major overhaul of Deep Space Antenna 43 (DSS43). An enormous 70 metres tall and 70 metres in diameter, the antenna is expected to be out of commission for up to 10 months while the technical work is completed.

The project comprises of an upgrade of the cooling water system that serves to reject heat from numerous sources within DSS43, including the existing hydrostatic bearing and servo oil systems and the addition of the new 80kW transmitter, being converted from air-cooled to water-cooled.  The demolition of the existing heat rejection plant and supply and installation of new adiabatic coolers, buffer tanks, pumps and ancillary plant also forms part of the work. The Building Management System (BMS) will also be replaced to include new controls functionality for the cooling water system. The project is expected to be completed in late 2020.

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