Updated: Apr 28, 2021
CSIRO has signed a new five-year agreement with Houston-based aerospace company Intuitive Machines to support multiple lunar missions, including their first flight under NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative.
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Intuitive Machines Vice President of Control Centers, Troy LeBlanc Ph.D., talking about using CSIRO's Parkes radio telescope for many Moon missions over the next several years.
CSIRO's Parkes radio telescope is one piece of Intuitive Machines' Lunar Telemetry and Tracking Network (LTN). LTN is an S-band frequency Telemetry, Tracking, and Command (TT&C) service that utilizes multiple large ground station antennas, like Parkes, strategically located around the Earth that provide continuous communications with our spacecraft.