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NASA Space Network Project Operations Management: Past, Present and Future for the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite ConstellationThe NASA Space Network (SN) Operations began with the launch of the first Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-1) on April 4, 1983 with on-orbit operations conducted from the White Sands Ground Terminal (WSGT) in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Over the past 35 years, the SN has evolved to its current configuration comprised of four strategically located satellite ground stations and a constellation of ten geosynchronous Tracking and Data Relay Satellites that provide customer support 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, at an unprecedented 99.9% proficiency. The Space Network provides total global Communications, Data Relay, and Tracking services for Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) satellites, Human Space Flight, Expendable Launch Vehicles (ELV) and Scientific missions. This paper will address the Operations Management of the NASA Space Network and the complexities associated with this responsibility, as well as significant mission support highlights.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Sobchak, Ted
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Shinners, Donald W.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Shaw, Harry
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
June 4, 2018
Publication Date
May 28, 2018
Subject Category
Space Communications, Spacecraft Communications, Command And Tracking
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
International Conference of Space Operations(Marseille)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 070799.07.13.01
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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