Deep Space Network - NOW
NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have released a fantastic website (also available to smart phones) where you can see a 'live' feed from each of the Deep Space Network (DSN) stations and discover exactly what each antenna is up to and what spacecraft they are communicating with.

Called DSN-NOW, the website offers lots of data about the link between Earth and the spacecraft exploring the Solar System and beyond.

Take a look at the website and see whether we are transmitting or receiving, signal strengths, transmission power, spacecraft distance and a whole lot more. Enjoy DSN-NOW.

Tracking Schedule
Each day the antennas are directed to receive or transmit data to any number of robotic spacecraft exploring our Solar System and beyond. This schedule is worked out months and sometimes years in advance by the mission controllers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California USA.

At various times in the schedule, time is set aside for antenna calibration, maintenance, or engineering development tasks. Time is also set aside for radio astronomy projects and mission training simulations.

Below is the general antenna tracking schedule for the next few weeks, showing the spacecraft being tracked each day. A list of links to each mission is provided at right.

DSS-34 (34-metre) DSS-43 (70-metre) DSS-45 (34-metre)
August 2014
Mon 11. LRO/GTL/SOHO/ACE
CAS/CHDR/VGR2
THC/ATOT
MOM/NHPC
VGR2/WIND/CLU2
MarsO/MRO/MEX
Tue 12. VGR2/CLU2/ACE
MOM/MRO/MEX
NHPC/CLU1
MarsO/MRO/VGR2
LRO/CLU3/CLU4
SOHO/MarsO/MVN
Wed 13. MRO/THC VGR2/STA
MOM/NHPC
LRO/GTL/SOHO
MRO/MER1/MarsO/VGR2
Thu 14. THC/GTL/SOHO
MOM/MarsO/MRO/VGR2
NHPC/VGR2/GBRA
MOM/NHPC
VGR2/LRO
MER1/MRO/MarsO
Fri 15. VGR2/SOHO
MOM/KEPL/VGR2
NHPC/ATOT
NHPC
GTL/LRO/ACE
MarsO/MER1/MRO
Sat 16. VGR2/LRO/WIND
MVN/MRO/MarsO
NHPC/VGR2/GTL
MOM/MarsO/MRO/VGR2
GTL/CLU2/SOHO
CLU2/CAS
Sun 17. THB/THC/ACE
MOM/MER1/VGR2
VGR2/STB
CAS/NHPC
LRO/SOHO
MarsO/MRO
Mon 18. VGR2/LRO
MRO/MEX/MarsO
NHPC/VGR2/MSGR
MOM/NHPC
SOHO/ACE
CAS/VGR2
Tue 19. MOM/MRO
CHDR/VGR2
NHPC/VGR2/MOM
MER1/MRO/MarsO/GBRA
VGR2/GTL/SOHO
MSGR/MVN

Wed 20
VGR2/LRO/ACE
MOM/MarsO/MER1
GBRA/VGR2
CAS/NHPC
GTL/SOHO/MarsO
MRO/MEX/VGR2
Thu 21. GTL/THC/SOHO
MRO
NHPC/VGR2
MOM/NHPC
VGR2/LRO
MarsO/MEX/VGR2
Fri 22. SOHO
KEPL/GTL
NHPC/VGR2/STB
CAS/NHPC
VGR2/LRO/CHDR
DAWN/MarsO/MRO/MER1
Sat 23. THC/LRO/KEPL
MRO/MEX
NHPC/VGR2/GBRA
MOM/MarsO/MER1
VGR2/LRO/CHDR/DAWN
MarsO/MRO/MER1/VGR2
Sun 24. GTL/LRO/MOM
MRO/MarsO/MER1
NHPC/ATOT/STA
CAS/NHPC
VGR2/SOHO/MVN
MSGR/MEX/MRO/VGR2
Mon 25. GTL/SOHO
MOM/MRO/MarsO
NHPC/ATOT
NHPC
VGR2/ACE/WIND
CAS/VGR2
Tue 26. GTL/SOHO/MOM
MEX/MRO/MarsO/VGR2
NHPC/GBRA
NHPC
VGR2/THC/LRO
CAS
Wed 27. VGR2/SOHO/CLU4/LRO
GTL/CHDR/MarsO/MRO
NHPC/VGR2/STB
MOM/NHPC
GTL/ACE/WIND
MOM/KEPL/VGR2
Thu 28. GTL/CLU1/SOHO
WIND/LRO/MOM/MarsO
NHPC/VGR2/STA
CAS/NHPC/VGR2
VGR2/CLU3/CLU4
MEX/MRO/VGR2
Fri 29. GTL/MarsO
MRO/GTL
VGR2/STA
MOM/NHPC
VGR2/SOHO/MOM
MVN/VGR2
Sat 30. CLU1/CHDR/ACE
MOM/DSN
NHPC/VGR2/STB/THC
MarsO/MRO/GBRA
CLU4/SIOHO/MVN
DAWN/LRO/VGR2
Sun 31. DSN/MOM
MEX/MarsO
GBRA/VGR2/STB/MVN
MSL/MRO/MarsO
VGR2/GTL/SOHO
MOM/MSGR/LRO/VGR2
September 2014
Mon 1. GTL/WIND/ACE/GTL
LRO/KEPL/CHDR
GBRA/STB/MOM
MarsO/MRO/GBRA
VGR2/GTL/SOHO/MOM
MRO/MSL/MEX/MarsO/GTL
Tue 2. CHDR/CLU1/SOHO
MOM/MarsO/LRO
GBRA/MSL
MEX/MRO/NHPC
VGR2/WIND
MVN/VGR2
Wed 3. GTL/CLU2
MSL/MarsO/LRO
NHPC/VGR2/CLU4/STB
MOM/ROSE/VGR2
VGR2/CLU1/SOHO/MOM
MSGR/MarsO/MRO/THB
Thu 4. LRO/GTL/SOHO/CHDR
MOM/MarsO/MEX/THC
VGR2/JNO
CAS/VGR2
THB/ACE
MSL/MRO/LRO
Fri 5. THC/GTL/SOHO
CAS/VGR2
VGR2/ATOT/MOM
VGR2/NHPC
LRO/ACE
MSL/MRO/MarsO/LRO
Sat 6. VGR2/GTL/CLU4/GTL
STB/MOM/MRO/MEX
NHPC/CLU1/CLU4/STOT
MVN/MSL/MarsO/VGR2
LRO/CLU3/CLU4/SOHO
CAS/VGR2
Sun 7. THC/CHDR/MSGR/MVN
MarsO/MRO/MEX/MSL
VGR2/GBRA/MOM
MarsO/MRO/VGR2
LRO/SOHO/MOM
CAS/VGR2
Mon 8. LRO/THB/ACE
MOM/MarsO/MRO/CLU1
VGR2/STA
CAS/VGR2
GTL/SOHO/MOM
DAWN/MSL/GTL
Tue 9. CLU1/SOHO/MOM
MRO/MarsO/MSL/CHDR
VGR2/DAWN
VGR2/MRO/VGR2
LRO/ACE
WIND/MVN
Wed 10. CHDR/GTL
MRO/VGR2
VGR2/STA
MOM
LRO/SOHO/MOM
MarsO/MRO/MSL
Thu 11. VGR2/SOHO/MOM
MarsO/MRO/MSL/VGR2
GTL LRO/ACE
MVN
Fri 12. VGR2/CLU1
SOHO/MVN
VGR2/MOM
VGR2
LRO/CLU4/SOHO/MOM
MRO/MEX/MarsO/MSL/GTL
Sat 13. VGR2/THC/STB
MVN/GTL
VGR2/GBRA
MOM/STF/VGR2
GTL/LRO/SOHO/MER1
MSGR/MarsO/MRO/VGR2
Sun 14. GTL/LRO/SOHO
MOM
MOM VGR2/MSGR/MVN

ACE Advanced Composition Explorer


CAS Cassini - Orbiting Saturn
CHDR Chandra X-ray Space Telescope
CLU Cluster 1-2-3-4: Earth's Magnetosphere
DAWN Mission to Vesta and Ceres
DSN Deep Space Network activities
GBRA Ground-Based Radio Astronomy
GTL Geotail: Studying Earth's Magnetic Field
JNO Jupiter Mission
KEPL Kepler Space Telescope
LADE LADEE lunar mission
LRO Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
MarsO Mars Odyssey
MVN MAVEN: Mars Orbiter mission
MER 1 Mars Rover: Opportunity(1)
MOM Mars Orbiter Mission (India)
MSGR MESSENGER: Orbiting Mercury
MSL Mars Science Laboratory
MEX Mars Express (European Space Agency)
MRO Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
MSPA Multiple Spacecraft Per Aperture
NHPC New Horizons Pluto Charon mission
PLC Planet C - Akatsuki: Venus mission (Japan
RFC Radio Frequency Cataloguing
ROSE Rosetta: Comet sample mission
SOHO Solar & Heliospheric Observatory
ST A/B STEREO A & B: 3D Solar imagery
STF (Spitzer) Space Infrared Telescope Facility
TDRS Tracking & Data Relay Satellite
TH A to E
Themis (Artemis): Moon study
VEX Venus Express
VGR1 Voyager 1
VGR2 Voyager 2
WIND Solar Wind

NB: ATOT, DSN, GBRA, MSPA, RFC are either Network activities in radio astronomy, maintenance or systems development.

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