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Title: The future of NASA’s Deep Space Network and applications to planetary probe missions
Authors: Deutsch, Leslie J.
Preston, Robert A.
Vrotsos, Peter
Keywords: Deep Space Network (DSN)
planetary probe missions
Issue Date: 14-Jun-2010
Publisher: Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2010.
Citation: International Planetary Probes Workshop 7, Barcelona, Spain, June 14, 2010.
Abstract: NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN) has been an invaluable tool in the world’s exploration of space. It has served the space-faring community for more than 45 years. The DSN has provided a primary communication pathway for planetary probes, either through direct- to-Earth links or through intermediate radio relays. In addition, its radiometric systems are critical to probe navigation and delivery to target. Finally, the radio link can also be used for direct scientific measurement of the target body (“radio science”). This paper will examine the special challenges in supporting planetary probe missions, the future evolution of the DSN and related spacecraft technology, the advantages and disadvantages of radio relay spacecraft, and the use of the DSN radio links for navigation and scientific measurements.
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