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The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC) located at Tidbinbilla in Canberra ACT is managed by CSIRO on behalf of NASA. The CDSCC has provided space tracking services to a fleet of 40 internationals space missions for over 50 years. During this time it has collected data from robotic space missions from every planet in the solar system and relayed that to US, European, Japanese and Indian scientists to provide new discoveries about the form and origin of the Solar System. This presentation will describe the important role that Australia plays through CDSCC for space exploration, some of the discoveries about Mars and Pluto and the new engineering required to maintain CDSCC’s relevance into the future.
Dr Ed Kruzins, Director, Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex (CDSCC)Ed Kruzins has been the Director of the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex (CDSCC) since 2012. In that role he ensures that CDSCC meets its space tracking obligations under the Bilateral Space Tracking Treaty. In previous employment, Dr Kruzins worked for BAE Space Systems where he provided systems and design engineering for a suite of European commercial and military satellites and the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation where he worked on Network Centric Warfare, Space Based Surveillance and Defence Simulation. Dr Kruzins has a degree in Astrophysics from the University of Sydney and a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Southampton University.
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