NASA has officially opened one of the three permanent ground stations of the Near Earth Networkâs Launch Communications Segment that will provideÂ services to support futureÂ 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 groundÂ stations Ponce De Leon and Bermuda to facilitate communications for Artemis launch missions.
TheÂ Launch Communications Segment,Â operated by NASAâs Goddard Space Flight Center,Â supports the Lockheed Martin-builtÂ Orion spacecraft and the Space Launch System advanced launch vehicle, which is expected to set the stage forÂ human exploration beyond Earth’s orbit.
The segment will combineÂ 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.