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A New Horizons Clone To 2003 Ub313?
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post Jan 16 2006, 10:30 AM
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QUOTE (helvick @ Jan 9 2006, 11:18 PM)
We're going to need an orbiting deep space receiver to handle all this inbound data fairly soon. The Earth\Moon L4\L5 points seem like a good spot. Are there any plans?
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Until we perfect the technology to create large inflatable structures in space, it's going to be MUCH cheaper to build big DSN receivers here on earth.


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post Jan 16 2006, 07:37 PM
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QUOTE (Ames @ Jan 16 2006, 10:30 AM)
Until we perfect the technology to create large inflatable structures in space, it's going to be MUCH cheaper to build big DSN receivers here on earth.
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The DSN was upgraded in 2003 to get ready for the MER/Cassini data rush of 2004. I don't think New Horizons is going to be an issue, though I wonder about the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, particularly if the MERs are still going come MRO's start of science operations in November. (But wouldn't it be nice to have that problem!)
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post Jan 16 2006, 08:29 PM
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Remember - MER rides most of it's DSN time on the back of Odyssey smile.gif Only a brief uplink every day, plus a beep to confirm a sequence hand over

Of course, DSN upgrades are beginning to allow for multiple spacecraft to use a single dish. i.e. Odyssey, MGS, and MER beep off one dish pointed Marsward.

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post Jan 16 2006, 08:35 PM
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QUOTE (djellison @ Jan 16 2006, 08:29 PM)
Of course, DSN upgrades are beginning to allow for multiple spacecraft to use a single dish. i.e. Odyssey, MGS, and MER beep off one dish pointed Marsward.
I don't think this is a new capability (i.e., tied to any new upgrades). If I 'm not mistaken, for some time the DSN has had a "multiple spacecraft per aperture" mode, which permits the same antenna to track multiple spacecraft, provided they fall within a particular antenna's beam pattern.
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post Jan 16 2006, 08:44 PM
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Ahh right - I just seem to remember them mentioning it quite a bit back with MER landings - they were probably hyping up the issue for something to talk about during the quiet times smile.gif

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