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Deep Space Network: The Next 50 YearsIn 2014, NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN) celebrated its 50th year of enabling exploration of the Moon, Solar System planets, and beyond. During those 50 years, the DSN has grown along with the associated spacecraft flight systems, providing some 13 orders of magnitude communications systems improvement. It has also contributed to many of the world’s most important scientific discoveries and provided substantial technological spinoffs that have become part of everyday life on Earth. Studies of the next 25 years indicate that deep space missions will need an order of magnitude increased communications performance per decade – and this is likely to continue beyond that time. As exhibited by this meeting, another major change happening right now is the emergence of a standardized international community for tracking deep space missions. The future definitely involves increased inter-national cooperation. This paper explains the near term plans already underway for the DSN. We also consider the plans and possibilities for deep space optical communications. Finally, we will discuss opportunities for international participation in the next 50 years of deep space exploration.
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Acquisition Source
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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Deutsch, Leslie J.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Townes, Stephen A.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Liebrecht, Philip E.
(NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Vrotsos, Pete A.
(Zin Technologies, Inc. Cleveland, OH, United States)
Cornwell, Donald M.
(NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Date Acquired
December 12, 2019
Publication Date
May 16, 2016
Subject Category
Space Communications, Spacecraft Communications, Command And Tracking
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Meeting Information
Meeting: International Conference on Space Operations (SpaceOps 2016)
Location: Daejeon
Country: Korea, Republic of
Start Date: May 16, 2016
End Date: May 20, 2016
Sponsors: Korea Aerospace Research Inst., American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), SpaceOps
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