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The Big Dish Company


The Big Dish Company

At The National Space Centre

 

 

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The Big Dish Company


The Big Dish Company

At The National Space Centre

 

 

Connect To The Universe

Radio Astronomy
Space Debris Tracking
Asteroid Tracking
Space Weather (SWE)
Deep Space Communications
Listen For Signs Of Intelligent Life
Mars 2020 Lander Tracking
Listen To The "Sounds" Of Space

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Advancing Exploration & Science


Advancing Exploration and Science

Advancing Exploration & Science


Advancing Exploration and Science

Europe’s Most Westerly Observatory & Communications Site

The Big Dish Company Ltd manages and operates the 32 metre fully articulating dish antenna at the National Space Centre site at Elfordstown Earthstation in Ireland. This independently owned facility provides carrier grade teleport facilities and undertakes space and communications related consultancy for its own purposes and on a contract basis for third parties.

The main 32 metre Intelsat Standard A dish at the facility is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment and upgrade works to enhance its tracking precision and operational capabilities.

Opening in January 2018, the dish is currently available for third parties to reserve for radio astronomy, SSA mapping & deep space communication applications.

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Hybrid Antenna


32 Metre Antenna

Joining the World's Top 100 Research Big Dishes

Hybrid Antenna


32 Metre Antenna

Joining the World's Top 100 Research Big Dishes

The World's Only Large Scale Hybrid Antenna

BWG (Beam Waveguide) Feed

The existing C-Band beam waveguide configuration allows your organisation to fit high-power water-cooled or cryogenic amplifiers in the purpose built room at the antenna base.

Contact us for full specifications on the current installed configuration. We will also consider modifications to the installation for your specialist requirements. 
 

Direct Focal Point Mount

For short term applications, compact receivers can be fitted to our custom designed focal point mounting system.

This feature allows for the rapid change out of receivers helping to lower the test and evaluation costs of your R & D projects or for applications requiring additional capabilities not available using a beam waveguide feed.

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Quote


"Exploration is wired into our brains. If we can see the horizon, we want to know what's beyond."

Buzz Aldrin

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"Exploration is wired into our brains. If we can see the horizon, we want to know what's beyond."

Buzz Aldrin

Project Partners

The National Space Centre undertakes space and communications related consultancy and research and development both for its own purposes and on a contract basis for third parties. It’s research and development department partakes in numerous Irish, European and International research based projects. It's customers and project partners include leading industry names such as: