This modular handbook has been approved by the Deep Space Network (DSN) Project Office and is provided as a source of technical information for all flight projects using the DSN. It provides information useful to flight projects contemplating the design of hardware and software, with reasonable assurance that the resulting project telecommunications interfaces will be compatible with the established or planned DSN configurations.

The handbook is primarily concerned with performance parameters of equipment that supports the forward and return telecommunications link interfaces between spacecraft and the DSN. The handbook consists of modules that present technical information applicable to the current DSN configuration and preliminary information applicable to future DSN configurations. These modules will be revised to reflect new capabilities when they have been planned and budgeted for by the DSN Project Office.

For matters of interpretation or questions concerning this handbook, contact the Deep Space Network Project Office, Organization 920, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, California, 91109.