Fwd = Deep Space Network Faces Major Crunch
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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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Deep Space Network Faces Major Crunch
By Andrew Bridges
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,
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
Although the jam lies years in the future, NASA is already working to
relieve the pressure.
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