Working in Tandem NASA networks empower Artemis I

(ORDO NEWS) — NASA’s Artemis mission begins a new era of lunar exploration. Very soon, the agency will launch the unmanned Artemis I mission, which will test the main systems before future human missions to the moon.

The mission will see the first ever launch of NASA’s most powerful rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS). The SLS launch vehicle will be launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida to launch the Orion spacecraft into space.

Throughout its flight, Artemis I will use the communication and navigation services of two NASA networks: the Near-Earth Space Network (Near Space Network, NSN) and the Deep Space Network (DSN).

Their work is necessary at all stages of launch: from entering orbit to re-entry into the atmosphere. NSNs and DSNs are extremely important for the operation of spacecraft and the transmission of scientific data from the mission.

The services of both systems were integrated at the Lyndon Johnson Space Center in Houston.

NSN is a global system of terrestrial antennas and satellites that provide either direct communication or relay. It is an integrated network that provides communications for both NASA missions and other space missions.

The DSN consists of 3 global antennas that can communicate with spacecraft far out in the galaxy.

The network will be used as the primary communications support for Artemis I, just as it was previously used during the Apollo program.

This first test of Artemis I will help NASA prepare networks for future crewed missions to the Moon and then to Mars.

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