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Networks consolidation programA single consolidated network of ground tracking stations to replace the present two ground-based spacecraft tracking networks is proposed. The proposed consolidated network uses facilities that are now included in the Ground Spaceflight Tracking and Data Network (GSTDN), operated by Goddard Space Flight (GSFC), as well as the existing Deep Space Network (DSN), operated by Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). These facilities are combined and modified to provide a consolidated network managed and operated by JPL and capable of supporting the set of planetary and Highly Elliptical Earth Orbiter (HEEO) missions planned for the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) era. The consolidated network is planned to be operational after the TDRSS becomes operational. It will continue to support planetary missions that are now supported by the DSN and also provide support to a broad class of other spacecraft missions which are not compatible with or which, for other reasons, cannot be supported by the TDRSS.
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Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Yeater, M. L.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Herrman, D. T.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 10, 2013
Publication Date
October 15, 1981
Publication Information
Publication: The Telecommun. and Data Acquisiton Rept.
Subject Category
Ground Support Systems And Facilities (Space)
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 311-03-31-10
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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