DSN Space Craft RF characteristics                                                                                                 Last update: (30/12/2011 13:23:14 -0000)

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 Chandrayaan-1
 Launched on the 22nd October 2008 and arrived at the moon on the
8 November 2008.
 RF: High Gain Antenna is a 70cm dish with 4 watts of power at 8484MHz
 ERP : ~8Kw
 Chandrayaan-1 heard @ uhf-satcom.com, details
here
 Chang'e'1
 Launched on the 24th October 2007 at 10:05 GMT and arrived at the moon on the 5 November 2007.
 Mission ended on the 1st March 2009, at 08:13:10 UTC with an impact into the surface of the Moon.
 RF: High Gain Antenna is a dish with 18dB of gain and 20 watts of power at 8460MHz
 ERP : ~1.2Kw
 Chandrayaan-1 heard @ uhf-satcom.com, details
here
 Dawn
 Launched from KSC launch complex 17B on the 7th July 2007
 RF: 3X Horn antenna with 8dB gain, 28dBw ERP at 8435.37030MHz
 RF: 1.5m diameter dish with 38.6dB gain, 58.6dBw ERP at 8435.37030MHz
 Dawn mission website here
 Dawn heard @ uhf-satcom.com, details here

Picture credit: NASA / JPL

 Deep Impact / EPOXI
 Launched on the 12th January 2005.
 RF: 1m diameter dish with 36dB gain with 20Watts of power at 8434.1203MHz
 Deep Impact / EPOXI mission website here
 Deep Impact / EPOXI heard @ uhf-satcom.com, details here

Picture credit: NASA / JPL

 Ikaros solar sail
 Launched at 16:58:22 a.m. on May 21, 2010 (Japan Standard Time, JST)
 RF: ? HGA with ?Watts of power at 8431.296295MHz (please tell us if you know the details!)
 Ikaros mission website here
 Ikaros heard @ uhf-satcom.com, details here

Picture credit JAXA

 Juno
 Launched on the 5th
August 2011
 RF: 8.7dB LGA antenna system with 25Watts of power at 8404.1358 MHz
 RF: 18.8dB MGA antenna system with 25Watts of power at 8404.1358 MHz
 RF: 2.5m dish with 45dB of gain and 25Watts of power at 8404.1358 MHz
 RF: The same dish with 48dB gain with 2.5Watts of  RF power at 32083.3395 MHz and 32088.5095 MHz
 Juno mission website here
 Juno heard @ uhf-satcom.com, details here

Picture credit: NASA

 Kepler
 Launched on the 6th
March 2009
 RF: 6.5dB gain omni antenna system with 25Watts of power at 8424.5061MHz
 RF: 80cm dish with 46.6dB of gain and 35Watts of power at 32166.290MHz
 Herschel mission website here
 Herschel heard @ uhf-satcom.com, details here

Picture credit: NASA / JPL

 Herschel
 Launched on the 14th May 2009 at 13:12 GMT and will be on station at the L2 point.
 RF: 9dB gain patch with 22Watts of power at 8424.5061MHz
 RF: 19dB gain horn with 22Watts of power at 8424.5061MHz
 Herschel mission website here
 Herschel heard @ uhf-satcom.com, details here

Picture credit ESA

 Mars Express
 Launched on the June the 2nd 2003 and arrived at Mars in December 2003
 RF: High Gain Antenna is 1.6m with 65 watts of power at 8420.432097 MHz
 ERP (antenna gain = 40dBi) : 630957 watts
 MEX at the ESA's website is available here
 MEX Orbiter radio science document available here
 MEX heard @ uhf-satcom.com, details here
Mars Express

Picture credit ESA

 Mars Global Surveyor
 Launched on November the 7th 1996 and arrived at Mars on September the 12th 1997
 Mission ended on 21st November 2006 due to a software failure :-(
 RF: High Gain Antenna is 1.5m with 25 watts of power at 8417.716050 MHz and 8423.148147 MHz
 ERP (antenna gain = 39dBi) : 199526 watts
 Press pack available here
 MGS heard @ uhf-satcom.com, details here
Mars Global Surveyor

Picture credit: NASA

 Mars Odyssey
 Launched on April the 7th 2001 and arrived at Mars on October  the 24th 2001
 RF: High Gain Antenna is 1.3m with 15 watts of power at 8406.851853 MHz
 ERP (antenna gain = 38.3dBi) : 107151 watts
 Press pack available here
 Odyssey telecommunications overview - well worth a read here
 MO heard @ uhf-satcom.com, details here
2001 Mars Odyssey Spacecraft 

Picture credit: NASA

 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
 Launched on the 12th
August 2005 and arrived at Mars on March the 10th 2006
 RF: High Gain Antenna is 3m with 46.6dB gain and 100 watts of power at 8439.444446 MHz
 RF: High Gain Antenna is 3m with 56.10dB gain and 32 watts of power at 32223.330 MHz
 ERP (antenna gain = 45.4dBi) : 3467368 watts
 MRO press kit available here
 Modulation type is QPSK
 Heard @ uhf-satcom.com, details here and here
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

      

Picture credit: NASA

 New Horizons Pluto Charon
 Launched on the the 11th of January 2006 and is en-route to Pluto
 RF: High Gain Antenna is 2.1m with 12 watts of power at 8437.894737 MHz and 8438.181818 MHz
 ERP (antenna gain = 42.3dBi) : 199526 watts
 New Horizons 'advances in telecommunications concepts' available here
 Heard @ uhf-satcom.com, details here
New Horizons Pluto Charon

Picture credit: NASA

 Phoenix Mars Lander
 Launched on the 4th of August 2007, landed in May 2008, mission ended September 2008
 RF: Medium Gain Antenna (18dBi) with 15 watts of power at 8402.77770 MHz
 RF: Low Gain Antenna (7dBi)
 ERP (antenna gain = 18dBi) : 955 watts
 Heard @ uhf-satcom.com, details here

      

Picture credit: NASA

 Planck
 Launched on the 14th of May 2009 at 13:12 GMT and will be on station at the L2 point.
 RF: 9dB gain patch with 22Watts of power at 8455.000MHz
 RF: 19dB gain horn with 22Watts of power at 8455.000MHz
 Planck mission website here
 Planck heard @ uhf-satcom.com, details here

Picture credit ESA

 Planet-C
 Launched at 16:58:22 a.m. on May 21, 2010 (Japan Standard Time, JST)
 RF: 1.6 m slot array HGA with 20Watts of power at 8410.925927MHz
 RF: 2 X MGA horn antennas gimballed
 RF: 2 X LGA for command reception
 Planet-C mission website here
 Planet-C heard @ uhf-satcom.com, details here
Image of the Akatsuki (Planet C) spacecraft

Picture credit JAXA

 Rosetta
 Launched on March the 2nd 2004 and is en-route to
Comet 67 P/Churyumov- Gerasimenko
 RF: High Gain Antenna is 2.2m with 28 watts of power at 8421.790123 MHz
 ERP (antenna gain = 42.7dBi) : 467735 watts
 Rosetta engineering information available here
 Rosetta mission overview available here
 Rosetta heard @ uhf-satcom.com, details here
Rosetta

Picture credit ESA

 Smart-1 Lunar Orbiter
 Launched from Kourou on the 27th September 2003
 Mission end date: 3rd September 2006 (impact into moon)
 RF: Horn antenna with 9dBm ERP at 8453.024225 MHz
 RF: Horn antenna with 20dBm ERP at 32121.49350 MHz
 Smart-1 current status information is available here
 Interesting flyer on Smart-1 is also available here
 Smart-1 heard @ uhf-satcom.com, details here

Picture credit ESA

 Spitzer Space Telescope
 Launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida on the 25th August 2003
 RF: High Gain Antenna is 1.35m with 20 watts of power at 8413.626490 MHz
 ERP (antenna gain = 39dB) : 158489  watts
 Spitzer current status information is available here
 Interesting design document on Spitzer is also available here
 Heard @ uhf-satcom.com, details here

Picture credit: NASA / JPL

 Stereo A & B
 Launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the 25th October 2006
 RF: Horn antenna with 6dB gain, 23dBw ERP at 8443.5185MHz & 8446.2345MHz
 RF: 1.15m diameter dish with 37.9dB gain, 54.4dBw ERP at 8443.5185MHz & 8446.2345MHz
 Stereo A&B heard @ uhf-satcom.com, details here

Picture credit: NASA / JPL

 Venus Express
 Launched on November the 9th 2005 and arrived at Venus on April the 11th 2006
 RF: High Gain Antenna is 1.3m with 65 watts of power at 8419.074073 MHz
 ERP (antenna gain = 38.3dBi) : 426579 watts
 Venus Express engineering information available here
 VEX heard @ uhf-satcom.com, details here and here
Venus Express

Picture credit ESA