Voyage of Exploration
tell you about our role in NASA's exploration of space and the
terrific team driving Australia's contribution to that vital
and inspiring work.
a passionate group of CSIRO technicians, administrators, engineers,
logisticians and specialists, charged with operating and maintaining
one of three stations in the Deep Space Network (DSN) on behalf
of NASA. Along with our colleagues at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
(JPL) in Pasadena, and our sister stations at Madrid, Spain and Goldstone, California USA, we provide the vital communications
gateway between deep space craft and the mission teams on Earth.
build on more than 50 years of Australian support to the space
program, which began at Woomera in the 1950s and has so far spanned
virtually all US manned and robotic missions and numerous international
collaborations. Although now concentrated at Tidbinbilla, Australians
have historically supported NASA command, telemetry and communications
from across the country, in locations as far flung as Carnarvon,
Woomera, Parkes, Cooby Creek, Muchea, Honeysuckle Creek and Orroral
supporting over 45 missions, the DSN ensures that the critical
science obtained by robotic spacecraft in extreme environments
at incredible distances makes it back home to Earth. High profile
missions such as the Voyagers, Galileo, the Mars Rovers, Hubble,
Cassini and Messenger's recent triumphs at Mercury will be well
known to many of you, but dozens of other spacecraft are quietly
engaged in work of equal importance that daily increases our
understanding of our own small world and the universe.
science and engineering excellence are obviously critical, but
the real key to getting the job done for NASA is the quality
of the Australian and international personnel communicating with
the spacecraft, operating and maintaining the equipment, and
keeping all aspects of CDSCC and the broader DSN running smoothly.
tremendously proud of our ongoing contribution to NASA's exploration
of space and of the job done by our predecessors. We also look
forward to the challenges promised from the exciting missions
planned for the months and years ahead, and to strengthening
still further the long and close relationship between Australia
and our international colleagues.
of CSIRO and the Australian team at CDSCC, we invite you to join
us for a little while on our voyage of exploration.
Ed Kruzins, Director
Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex