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UPS Bldg for Deep Space Network Antenna at Goldstone

Mojave Desert (Ft. Irwin), CA

Client: Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

TWG provided the architectural, civil, and structural design for housing the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system for the 70-meter (230-foot) deep-space antenna that JPL operates in the high desert of the Mojave. The satellite dish, one of the largest in North America, enables Earth (NASA) to maintain contact with spacecraft some 10 billion miles away in what amounts to the most expensive but most comprehensive calling plan in the universe. Critical in this effort is the continuity of electrical power for satellite communications, making the durability and low maintenance of the structure absolutely essential. Pre-existing ground construction required building on concrete pilings rather than spread footings.

Photo: Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

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