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  • Frits Westra
    Forwarded by: fwestra@hetnet.nl Originally from: baalke@jpl.nasa.gov Original Subject: Deep Space Network Faces Major Crunch Original Date: Mon, 4 Dec
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      Original Subject: Deep Space Network Faces Major Crunch
      Original Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 09:32:39 -0800 (PST)

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      http://www.space.com/news/spaceagencies/dsn_crunch_001204.html

      Deep Space Network Faces Major Crunch
      By Andrew Bridges
      space.com
      04 December 2000

      PASADENA, Calif. - The worldwide array of antennas NASA uses to communicate
      with its interplanetary spacecraft faces a looming crisis in late 2003, when
      nearly a dozen different missions will require as much as three times the
      network support the giant dishes can handle.

      But in late 2003 and stretching into early 2004, the crunch will grow far,
      far worse.

      During that time, a regular fleet of American, European and Japanese
      spacecraft will all be performing critical maneuvers, placing an
      unprecedented burden on the Deep Space Network (DSN) of antennas.

      "There's a traffic jam at Mars and the antennas are overcommitted," said
      Thomas Gavin, director of the space science flight projects directorate at
      NASA's JPL.

      Although the jam lies years in the future, NASA is already working to
      relieve the pressure.

      Full story here:

      http://www.space.com/news/spaceagencies/dsn_crunch_001204.html


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