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NASA FISO Presentation: The Deep Space Network – The Next 50 Years

By Marc Boucher
August 26, 2016
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NASA FISO Presentation: The Deep Space Network – The Next 50 Years
NASA FISO Presentation: The Deep Space Network - The Next 50 Years.

Now available is the August 10, 2016 NASA Future In-Space Operations (FISO) telecon material. The speaker was Leslie Deutsch (NASA JPL) who discussed “The Deep Space Network – The Next 50 Years.”
Dr. Leslie J. Deutsch is the Deputy Director of the Interplanetary Network Directorate at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This Directorate provides information services to spacecraft exploring the solar system and beyond. The Directorate’s facilities include NASA’s Deep Space Network, the giant antennas used to communicate with these spacecraft. Dr. Deutsch, a Mathematics graduate of Caltech, has held various positions during his 35 years at JPL including management of several technology programs. He introduced advanced communications technology to the Galileo mission, en route to Jupiter, to compensate for the loss of its main antenna. He also was the NASA lead for the NASA/ESA team that resigned the Huygens Probe mission to Titan to mitigate an anomaly in the Cassini relay radio system. Les was JPL’s Chief Technologist for the 2002 fiscal year and developed JPL’s strategy for technology development. Along the way Dr. Deutsch has published over 60 papers in the fields of communications, microelectronics, and spacecraft systems. He also has been awarded more than 25 patents, mostly in electronic music. Les also travels the world performing in jazz festivals and giving organ concerts. He also holds an official joint appointment at Caltech – as the Institute’s Organist.

Listen to podcast of “The Deep Space Network – The Next 50 Years” telecon:

Download the MP3 File.
Download the presentation (PDF).

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