The Deep Space Network (DSN) is an international network of antennas that supports interplanetary robotic spacecraft missions and radio and radar astronomy observations for the exploration of the solar system and the universe. The network also supports selected Earth-orbiting missions.
Through this contract, Exelis supports key exploration missions such as the NASA/JPL Mars Exploration Rovers and Cassini to Saturn missions. Exelis provides all necessary maintenance, operations, and engineering support to operate and maintain JPL’s Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California’s Mojave Desert; accomplish DSN network operations and maintenance; support problem analysis and resolution; support network engineering efforts; and support radar and radio astronomy activities. As part of a major maintenance project, the team lifted a 9 million pound section of the massive 70-meter antenna to replace the rotating load bearing surface. Exelis additionally provides logistics support for DSN facilities in Madrid, Spain and Canberra, Australia.
Other contract tasks include operation and maintenance of 11 large antennas, a runway, a specialized mobile communications test trailer, a pre-launch compatibility test facility at KSC/CCAFS, an 11,000-square-foot developmental test facility, a major logistic warehouse/shipping facility, numerous network and communication systems, several communications centers, a central maintenance repair facility, a public relations outreach facility/program, an internal security force and automated security systems, two major power generation plants, and a major environmental protection program. DSN engineering includes software engineering, network engineering, facility, and radar engineering. There is also a requirement to modify, test and evaluate the existing DSN systems to meet the unique requirements associated with each different interplanetary mission.
Work locations are Pasadena, Monrovia and Goldstone California.