NASA Unveils Launch Communications Ground Segment to Support Artemis Mission

NASA has officially opened one of the three permanent ground stations of the Near Earth Network’s Launch Communications Segment that will provide services to support future space explorations including the Artemis moon landing mission.

The space agency said Wednesday the Kennedy Uplink Station, located at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, will work with companion ground stations Ponce De Leon and Bermuda to facilitate communications for Artemis launch missions.

The Launch Communications Segment, operated by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, supports the Lockheed Martin-built Orion spacecraft and the Space Launch System advanced launch vehicle, which is expected to set the stage for human exploration beyond Earth’s orbit.

The segment will combine information received from the connected ground stations into a single data stream to streamline the launch communications for crewed missions.

The satellite ground systems are also expected to reduce costs compared to the space shuttle-era ground segment.

Check Also

U.S. Air Force

Grand Forks Air Force Base Innovation Council Hosts Virtual Pitch Day

The Grand Forks Air Force Base Innovation Council collaborated with the University of North Dakota and the 319th Contracting Flight to hold a virtual pitch event for startup businesses.