Deep Space Network

DEEP SPACE NETWORK

NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN) is an international network of communications complexes that supports interplanetary robotic spacecraft missions performing radio, radar, and astronomy observations for the exploration of the solar system and the universe, as well as selected Earth-orbiting missions.

Metis provides Network Operations support to DSN via technical expertise in network infrastructure, project interface and daily operational support. We perform network operational planning for network preparations, coordination, test and training.  We develop Network Operations Plans with guidelines for support of a spacecraft, categorize DSN operations functions and interfaces, and detail the DSN operations procedures.

Metis also supports sustaining engineering of highly specialized Digital and RF telemetry processing equipment used for capture and processing of information transmitted by various science data gathering spacecraft. We perform analysis to measure system performance and write detailed technical reports; develop and utilize metrics to measure and maintain optimum system performance; perform root cause failure analysis using state of the art techniques; recommend, and implement sound solutions to minimize equipment downtime and maximize data return.