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NASA Deep Space Network

How do you call long-distance across 10 billion miles?
Learn how NASA locates, receives data from,
and controls dozens of spacecraft in deep space.

Gene Burke, Retired JPL Program Manager  

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The largest antennas in NASA's Deep Space Network (DSN). 

NASA Deep Space Network - DSN World Map

The largest antennas in NASA's Deep Space Network (DSN).

Gene Burke worked in aerospace at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)/California Institute of Technology for almost 50 years before retiring this year. Besides JPL, he has worked in several NASA locations, including the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex outside of Barstow, California, and the Spacecraft Compatibility Station at Cape Canaveral, Florida. As a Program Manager he worked with many flight projects, and the Deep Space Network which tracks and returns the data from these spacecrafts.

Gene holds a BSEE and an MS in Program Management from West Coast University, Los Angeles, California.

The NASA Deep Space Network - or DSN - is an international network of antennas that supports interplanetary spacecraft missions and radio and radar astronomy observations for the exploration of the solar system and the universe. The network also supports selected Earth-orbiting missions.

The DSN currently consists of three deep-space communications facilities placed approximately 120 degrees apart around the world: at Goldstone, in California's Mojave Desert; near Madrid, Spain; and near Canberra, Australia. This strategic placement permits constant observation of spacecraft as the Earth rotates, and helps to make the DSN the largest and most sensitive scientific telecommunications system in the world.

To learn more about NASA's Deep Space Network (DSN), go to JPL's website.

Deep Space Network radio telescope dish in Rosebowl

34m Beam Waveguide (BWG) antennas clustered at Goldstone

The Deep Space Network radio telescope dish, shown for scale in the Rose Bowl.

34m Beam Waveguide (BWG) antennas clustered at Goldstone.

Each has five precision radio frequency mirrors that reflect radio signals along a beam-waveguide tube from the vertex of the antenna to the below-ground pedestal equipment room.










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