Press Release

Exelis celebrates 50 years of NASA’s Deep Space Network at the Annual Space Symposium

By SpaceRef Editor
May 19, 2014
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In conjunction with the 30th Space Symposium, Exelis (NYSE: XLS) will highlight its continued support of NASA’s international Deep Space Network (DSN) — the world’s largest and most powerful system to communicate with spacecraft.

The DSN program provides radio communications and tracking for all of NASA’s interplanetary spacecraft; it is used for radio astronomy and radar observations of the solar system and the universe. Exelis has provided the critical networks and systems maintenance, operations and engineering services needed to support NASA’s important missions over the past decade, including the Mars Curiosity rover and the Cassini mission to Saturn.

As a global provider of critical network solutions, Exelis has supported NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on the DSN program since 2003. Exelis provides technologies and support needed to operate and maintain DSN facilities globally, including sites in Goldstone, California; Madrid, Spain; and Canberra, Australia. Through its support of major facility and communications infrastructures at DSN sites around the world, Exelis has helped transform the way critical data, images and scientific information from interplanetary and Earth-orbiting missions are accessed. The DSN has revolutionized spacecraft tracking and communication.

“NASA and JPL recently marked the 50th anniversary of this extraordinary program with celebrations around the world. Exelis is proud to be a DSN partner, supporting monumental achievements in modern space exploration and scientific discovery,” said Pam Drew, president of the Exelis Information Systems business. “We look forward to continuing our partnership to advance the achievements of space exploration and further our work as a critical communications network provider of choice.”

Exelis will showcase a full range of critical networks solutions and intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and analytics during the 30th Space Symposium at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado, May 19-22. Space Symposium is organized by the Space Foundation, an advocacy group dedicated to advancing space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.

To learn more about Exelis or to participate in technology demonstrations, visit booth #300 at the symposium. Attendees and others can also visit the Exelis Space Symposium microsite for up-to-date content and follow Exelis on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube for real-time social media updates.

About Exelis

Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense, information and services company that leverages a 50-year legacy of deep customer knowledge and technical expertise to deliver affordable, mission-critical solutions for global customers. We are a leader in positioning and navigation, sensors, air traffic management solutions, image processing and distribution, communications and information systems; and focused on strategic growth in the areas of critical networks, ISR and analytics, electronic warfare and composite aerostructures. Headquartered in McLean, Va., Exelis employs about 17,000 people and generated 2013 sales of $4.8 billion. For more information, visit our website at or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Contact: Exelis Leah Lackey, 703-638-9492


SpaceRef staff editor.