Formerly known as the Ground Network, the Near Earth Network (NEN) provides telemetry, commanding, ground-based tracking, data and communications services to a wide range of customers. The NEN provides these services to customers with satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO), geosynchronous orbit (GEO) highly elliptical orbit, Lunar orbit and missions with multiple frequency bands.
[image-62]Customers are both national and international, government and commercial entities, NASA (Earth Science, Space Science, and Human Explorations missions) and non-NASA.
The Near Earth Network utilizes both NASA-owned and commercial stations around the world to ensure proper service to customers.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD Maryland manages the operations of the Near Earth Network.
Map of Near Earth Network Sites
KSAT – Kongsberg Satellite Services
SSC – Swedish Space Corporation
USN – Universal Space Network
Alaska Satellite Facility, Fairbanks
USN Alaska, Poker Flat and North Pole
Gilmore Creek, Alaska (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Wallops, Virginia Ground Station
KSAT Svalbard, Norway
SSC Kiruna, Sweden
USN Germany, Weilheim
KSAT Singapore, Malaysia
USN Australia, Dongara
McMurdo, Antarctica Ground Station
South African National Space Agency, Hartebeesthoek, South Africa
KSAT TrollSat, Antarctica
SSC Santiago, Chile
White Sands Ground Station, New Mexico
USN Hawaii, South Point