Through their support of the DSN’s global network of antennas and control facilities, Exelis ensures that scientists and mission controllers constantly connect to the Curiosity rover. This network enables the collection of performance data, direct communication for navigation, and the transfer of data back to Earth for examination.
“The rover carries the largest, most advanced suite of instruments for scientific studies ever sent to the Martian surface,” said Pat Carr, vice president and general manager of ITT Exelis Information Systems
Command, Control and Communications (C3) Systems business. “It is designed to assess Mars’ environment and its ability to support small life forms called microbes. The mission will yield unprecedented breakthroughs toward the understanding of the formation of our universe. As NASA prepares for future missions, Exelis will continue to support with leading technological solutions.”
The DSN comprises an international network of antennas that supports interplanetary robotic spacecraft missions for the exploration of the solar system and the universe. For the past nine years, Exelis has been under contract to support the operation and maintenance of the DSN. The DSN is managed for NASA by JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology.
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