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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. 

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NASA Kennedy Space Center Receives SLS Core Stage Training Mockup

NASA's Kennedy Space Center has accepted delivery of hardware that would help personnel prepare for the Space Launch System's first Moon mission with the Orion spacecraft. The space agency said Saturday it will use the core stage pathfinder to train lift crews in handling hardware of the SLS rocket. Pathfinders are full-scale mock-up models that have the shape and size of their corresponding SLS components.

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Air Force Sec. Matthew Donovan Visits Partner Facilities

Matthew Donovan, acting secretary at the U.S. Air Force, toured three facilities in Florida to showcase the service branch's communications, air and space investments. Donovan examined the Kennedy Space Center's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle processing facility and visited Northrop Grumman's design and development area for the B-21 Raider aircraft, the Air Force said Monday.

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Trump Orders Formation of US Space Command

President Donald Trump issued Tuesday a memorandum that orders the establishment of a unified combatant command that would focus on space. Trump directs Defense Secretary James Mattis to nominate commander and deputy chiefs for U.S. Space Command, according to a White House memo published Tuesday.

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National Space Council Aims to Streamline Space Launch Licensing Process

The National Space Council has approved four recommendations that seek to introduce changes to commercial space regulations, SpaceNews reported Wednesday. Vice President Mike Pence, chair of the council, and other NSC members cleared the recommendations during their second public session Wednesday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The council’s first recommendation …

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NASA to Showcase Orion Stage Adapter Before Launch Preparations

NASA plans to showcase an Orion stage adapter technology at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama before the space agency transfers the flight hardware to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The agency said Saturday it will display the spacecraft adapter at a media event on Tuesday ahead of preparations for the first integrated test …

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Mike Pence: NASA to Refocus on Human Space Exploration

Vice President Mike Pence has said the Trump administration seeks to redirect NASA‘s focus toward human space exploration, including flights to the moon and Mars, Space News reported Thursday. Pence said in a speech at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center that the revival of the National Space Council will help U.S. regain leadership …

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