[ISN] Cash, IT security threaten NASA Deep Space Network operation

http://www.networkworld.com/article/2902506/security0/cash-it-security-threaten-nasa-deep-space-network-operation.html By Michael Cooney Layer 8 Network World March 26, 2015 Money needed for upgrades to older equipment and IT security issues continue to drag on NASA, according to a report issued this week by the space agency’s Office of Inspector General. The report focuses on NASA’s Deep Space Network, which through variety of antennas and transmitters at communications complexes in three locations: Goldstone, California; Madrid, Spain; and Canberra, Australia provides space missions with the tracking, telemetry, and command services required to control and maintain spacecraft and transmit science data. NASA’s international partners also use the Deep Space Net. > From the OIG report: “Much of DSN’s hardware is more than 30 years old, costly to maintain, and requires modernization and expansion to ensure continued service for existing and planned missions. Although DSN is meeting its current operational commitments, budget reductions have challenged the Network’s ability to maintain these performance levels and threaten its future reliability. Specifically, in FY 2009 the Network implemented a plan to achieve $226.9 million in savings over 10 years and use most of that savings to build new antennas and transmitters. However, in FY 2013 the NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Program cut the Network’s budget by $101.3 million, causing DSN to delay upgrades, close antennas, and cancel or re-plan tasks. […]