The Deep Space Network, or DSN, is much more than a collection of big antennas. It is a powerful system for commanding, tracking and monitoring the health and safety of spacecraft at many distant planetary locales. About – Deep Space Network
Voyager 2 fun facts:
- Data rates upto 115.2 kilobits at Jupiter.
- I huge 64 kilobytes of tape backed storage, and 70 kilobytes program memory.
- Built in 1970s – expected to keep transmitting to 2025 (The RTG is now degrading).
- Software built on Fortran and COBOL.
- In flight software updates made in 1990.
What Is the Oldest Computer Program Still in Use?
Why NASA Needs a Programmer Fluent In 60-Year-Old Languages
Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (RTG)
Wiki: NASA Deep Space Network
Wiki: Voyager 2
See current activities on DSN.