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Paper: Spacecraft Telecommunications
Monograph: 7, Science with a Next Generation Very Large Array
Page: 81
Authors: Lazio, T. J. W.; Asmar, S.
Abstract: There is a long history of radio telescopes being used to augment the radio antennas regularly used to conduct telemetry, tracking, and command of deep space spacecraft. Radio telescopes are particularly valuable during short-duration mission critical events, such as planetary landings, or when a mission lifetime itself is short, such as a probe into a giant planet's atmosphere. By virtue of its high sensitivity and frequency coverage, the next-generation Very Large Array would be a powerful addition to regular spacecraft ground systems. Further, the science focus of many of these deep-space missions provides a “ground truth” in the solar system that complements other aspects of the ngVLA's science case, such as the formation of planets in proto-planetary disks.
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