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)
June 2014
Mon 30. VGR2/WIND/GTL
MOM/MarsO/MSL
GBRA
THC/KEPL/NHPC
GTL/SOHO
MRO
July 2014
Tue 1. SOHO/THB/MRO
MarsO/MSL
NHPC/GBRA
MarsO/MRO/NHPC
VGR2/LRO
GTL/VGR2
Wed 2. GTL/DSN
MarsO/MSL
NHPC/VGR2/STA
THC/VGR2/NHPC
VGR2/SOHO
MSGR/MRO/MEX
Thu 3. VGR2/STF
LRO/MarsO/MSL
NHPC/VGR2/GBRA
STF/NHPC
CLU1/GTL/CHDR/WIND
SOHO/MarsO/MRO
Fri 4. GTL/CLU2/SOHO/ACE
MOM/VGR2/CLU3/CLU4
NHPC/CLU4/VGR2
THC/MarsO/MRO/CLU2
VGR2/STB/MSGR
MarsO/MRO/MEX
Sat 5. GTL/SOHO/MER1
MarsO/MEX
ATOT/STA
MarsO/MRO
VGR2/WIND/MSGR
MOM/LRO/VGR2
Sun 6. SOHO/MOM
MEX/MarsO
GBRA/STA/CLU1
MarsO/MRO
VGR2/ACE/CLU4
LRO/GTL/VGR2
Mon 7. GTL/CLU3/CLU4/SOHO
MarsO/MRO/MEX
VGR2/GBRA
MOM/MarsO/NHPC
CLU1/ACE
CAS
Tue 8. LRO/GTL/SOHO
MOM/THC/LRO/VGR2
NHPC/VGR2
MarsO/MRO/NHPC
VGR2/WIND
MEX/MRO/MarsO
Wed 9. CLU1/MSGR
MRO/MEX
NHPC/VGR2/STA
MER1/MarsO/MRO
CLU4/GTL/SOHO
STB/CAS
Thu 10. LRO/GTL/SOHO
JNO/KEPL/LRO
THC/ATOT/MSGR
STA/MarsO/MRO
VGR2/MER1
MarsO/VGR2
Fri 11. THB/CHDR/GTL/SOHO
ACE/KEPL/GTL
GBRA/STA/GTL
CAS/NHPC
VGR2/MER1
MRO/MarsO
Sat 12. VGR2/SOHO/ACE
MarsO/MER1/DSN
NHPC/VGR2/STA
MOM/VGR2
THC/LRO/MSGR
MRO/MarsO
Sun 13. DSN/SOHO/CLU2
MOM/NHPC/MRO
GTL/THC/CLU4
STA/MRO/NHPC
VGR2/CLU2/CLU4
MVN/CHDR/CAS
Mon 14. SOHO/MarsO
MRO
NHPC/VGR2/GBRA
MOM/MER1/NHPC
VGR2/GTL/STA
ACE/CAS
Tue 15. VGR2/MSGR/WIND
CLU2/CAS
NHPC/VGR2
DSN/NHPC
GTL/LRO/SOHO/CLU4
MarsO/MRO/MER1/VGR2
Wed 16. THB/GTL/SOHO
MSGR/MRO/MEX
NHPC/VGR2/GTL
CAS/NHPC
VGR2/LRO
MarsO/MER1/VGR2
Thu 17. LRO/MarsO
MRO/MER1
NHPC/VGR2/STA
STF/NHPC
VGR2/SOHO
STB/CAS
Fri 18. THB/GTL/LRO/SOHO
MOM/MEX/MRO/MER1
NHPC/VGR2
MarsO/MRO/NHPC
VGR2/MSGR
STB/CAS
Sat 19. CHDR/GTL/LRO/SOHO
MOM/MRO/MER1
NHPC/VGR2
STA/CAS
VGR2/ACE
MSGR/MarsO
Sun 20. DSN/LRO/CLU3/CLU4
MOM/WIND/MRO/VGR2
VGR2/THB
MarsO/MRO/GBRA
SOHO/CLU1/MSGR
MarsO/NHPC
Mon 21. VGR2/THC/SOHO
MOM/MarsO
ATOT/MSGR
STB/CAS
GTL/ACE
CHDR/MRO/MarsO
Tue 22. DSN/THB/LRO/CLU4
MarsO/MRO/VGR2
NHPC/GBRA/CLU2
DAWN/NHPC
VGR2/SOHJO
MSL/MVN
Wed 23. VGR2/GTL/THB
MarsO/MRO/VGR2
VGR2/MSGR
MarsO/MRO/NHPC
SOHO/LRO
MVN
Thu 24. CLU1/VGR2/THC/WIND
MOM/MRO/MarsO
NHPC/VGR2
MarsO/MRO/NHPC
CLU4/GTL/THB/LRO
SOHO/CLU1/MVN
Fri 25. VGR2/MSL
MarsO/MRO/DSN
NHPC/VGR2/MVN
MarsO/MRO/NHPC
GTL/KEPL
VGR2
Sat 26. DSN/ACE
MVN/MarsO/VGR2
NHPC/GTL/MSGR
ATOT/MSL/NHPC
VGR2/SOHO/LRO
MarsO/MRO/CHDR
Sun 27. VGR2/SOHO/MOM
MSL/MEX/MarsO
NHPC/CLU1/VGR2/STA
MOM/GTL/NHPC
CHDR/CLU4/MSGR/ACE
LRO/MarsO/MRO

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.

ACE Advanced Composition Explorer


CAB 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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