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11-11-2010 "Llegando al MDSCC" - Esta mañana, mi hermano y yo hemos ido desde Zarzalejo al MDSCC (Complejo Espacial de Comunicaciones de Madrid), una ruta de 30 KM ida y vuelta. En la foto aparece mi hermano y la antena DSS-63 (la llamada 'antena grande'), construida en 1974 como antena de 64 metros, y convertida a 70m a finales de los 80. Puede transmitir en bandas S y X con una potencia de hasta 400 kilowatios y recibir en bandas L, S y X. La DSS-63 pesa en total 8000 toneladas, de las que 3500 corresponden al plato. La superficie reflectante es de 4180 m2. Tanto mi hermano como yo trabajamos allí; yo durante 17 años (hasta 1985) y mi hermano durante 33, siendo Director del Complejo durante 19 hasta que se jubiló en 1999. Si tenéis curiosidad por saber algo más del MDSCC, esta es su página web http://www.mdscc.org/ y, si entráis, os sugiero que no dejéis de ver el vídeo de introducción. "Arriving to MDSCC" - This morning, my brother and I have gone from Zarzalejo to MDSCC (Madrid Deep Space Communication Complex), a rout of 30 Km round trip. In the photo you can see my brother and the DSS-63 antenna (called 'the big one'), built in 1974 as a 64-meter antenna, and upgraded to 70 metres in the late 1980s. It can transmit in S and X-band with a power up to 400 kilowatts and receive in L, S, and X bands. DSS-63 weighs a total of 8000 tons, whereby the dish has a weight of 3500 tons. Its reflecting surface is 4180 m2. Both my brother and me worked there; I did for 17 years (until 1985) and my brother for 33, and he was the Complex Director during 19 until he retired in 1999. If you would like to know something more about MDSCC, this is the web site http://www.mdscc.org/ and, if you enter it, I suggest you don't skip the introductory video.