Deep Space Network


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Deep Space Network

(DSN) A network of radio dishes used by NASA for communications from and to spacecraft beyond the Moon, including the Voyager and Pioneer probes now in the outer Solar System. Some Earth-orbiting missions also utilize the DSN. Three standard radio dishes, 70 meters in diameter and equipped with highly sensitive receivers, are located at Goldstone in the Mojave Desert, California, at Tidinbilla near Canberra, Australia, and at Robledo near Madrid, Spain. As the Earth rotates, there will always be one DSN station that can receive signals from a spacecraft.

Deep Space Network

[¦dēp ¦spās ′net‚wərk]
(aerospace engineering)
A spacecraft network operated by NASA which tracks, commands, and receives telemetry for all types of spacecraft sent to explore deep space, the moon, and solar system planets. Abbreviated DSN.
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The Deep Space Network (DSN) is the global system developed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) under contract to NASA to provide communications with interplanetary spacecraft.
Until final altitude numbers became available, the giant antennas of Nasa's Deep Space Network continued to scan the skies in search of a signal.
But yesterday signals from the NASA Deep Space Network station in Canberra, Australia, were answered.
Global Surveyor will transmit photographs and other data via the Deep Space Network (DSN), the largest communications network in the world.
JAXA's tracking stations in Japan, as well as those of NASA's Deep Space Network provided mission planners with near-continuous communications with the spacecraft keeping them informed on spacecraft health.
The preprogrammed "phone call" -- a 15-minute series of status messages beamed back to mission operations at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland through NASA's Deep Space Network -- ended a very suspenseful 21-hour waiting period.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, provides navigation and Deep Space Network support, as well as the Electra telecommunications relay hardware and operations.
The vast distance means the European Space Agency has to rely on NASA's Deep Space Network of giant radio antennas to communicate with Rosetta.
The telemetry and tracking data were received by NASA s Deep Space Network antenna station in Canberra, Australia.
Another experiment will use the radio link between InSight and NASA's Deep Space Network antennas on Earth to precisely measure a wobble in Mars' rotation that could reveal whether Mars has a molten or solid core.
The spacecraft has been continuously monitored by ISRO with the help of Deep Space Network managed by NASA-JPL.
The spacecraft is being continuously monitored from the Spacecraft Control Centre at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network ( ISTRAC) in Bangalore with support from Indian Deep Space Network ( IDSN) antennae at Byalalu in Ramanagara district, Karnataka.