ACT | Behind the Scenes Guided Tour of the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

The CDSSC is one of three such complexes in a global network that is used to track and communicate with robotic spacecraft and undertake radio astronomy in deep space on behalf of NASA. Come and see the antennae up close and explore the operations control centre, plant rooms and other facilities. You will learn what this unique site does and what is involved in supporting the Australian and international scientists that rely on it — hearing from key CSIRO operational staff, with a special emphasis on environmental and risk management.

  • Learn about the history and function of the complex;
  • Explore the antennae, operations control centre, plant rooms and other facilities that are essential to fulfilling this role;
  • Hear from key CSIRO staff responsible for managing this complex 24/7 site, including during critical missions;
  • Discuss how they manage fire, flood and other hazards;
  • See what the site has been doing to improve energy and water efficiency and energy security, noting the huge HVAC loads demanded by the radio antennae and signals processing centre;
  • Impress colleagues and friends afterwards with trivia, such as what is an atomic clock!

You will be required to wear closed walking shoes and remember your sun protection (hat, sunscreen etc).

Lunch will be provided after the tour in the onsite staff cafeteria. The Visitor Centre and Cafe are currently closed, so this is a rare opportunity to visit this site and tour its unique facilities.

We are offering attendees coach transportation to the site. Attendees will meet at the Jolimont Centre, Civic for an 8:00am departure and will return by 2:00pm.

Earn CPD Points

Environmental professionals who attend this event can record 1 point per hour of continuing professional development under the Certified Environmental Practitioner Scheme.

Event details

When: 21 February 2024
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Where: Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
421 Discovery Drive, Paddy's River, Tidbinbilla

Cost: $25 - EIANZ members, $25 - EIANZ Student members, $25 - Non members

Contact: EIANZ Central Office on 03 8593 4140 or

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