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 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 can also be found on this page.
* Beginning and End of Track. Australian Eastern Standard Time or Australian Eastern Daylight time (confirm dates here). Data is subject to change without notice.
DSN Now is a fantastic website (also for smart phones) where you can discover exactly what each antenna is up to and what spacecraft it's communicating with.
Take a look at the website and see whether we are transmitting or receiving, data on signal strengths, transmission power, spacecraft distance and a whole lot more.
|ACE||Advanced Composition Explorer|
|CHDR||Chandra X-ray Space Telescope|
|CLU||Cluster 1-4: Earth's Magnetosphere|
|DAWN||Mission to Vesta and Ceres|
|DSCO||Deep Space Climate Observatory|
|GTL||Geotail: Earth's Magnetic Field|
|HYB2||JAXA Hayabusa2 asteroid mission|
|KEPL||Kepler Space Telescope|
|LRO||Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter|
|MCOA/B||MarCO A/B Mars Cube One|
|MER 1||Mars Rover: Opportunity(1)|
|MEX||Mars Express (ESA)|
|MMS||MMS1-4 Magnetospheric MultiScale|
|MOM||Mars Orbiter Mission (India)|
|MRO||Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter|
|MSL||Mars Science Laboratory|
|MVN||MAVEN: Mars atmosphere mission|
|NHPC||New Horizons Pluto mission|
|NSYT||InSight: Mars lander|
|ORX||Osiris-Rex mission to asteroid Bennu|
|PLC||Planet C - Akatsuki: Venus mission|
|SOHO||Solar & Heliospheric Observatory|
|STA/B||STEREO A & B: 3D Solar imagery|
|STF||(Spitzer) Infrared Space Telescope|
|TESS||Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite|
|TGO||Exo Mars Trace Gas Orbiter|
|TH A-C||Themis (Artemis): Moon study|
|VGR1||Voyager 1: launched in 1977|
|VGR2||Voyager 2: launched in 1977|