The mobile tracking station will be provided and operated by Wallops under NASA’s Research Range Services Program. The station can provide telemetry, meteorological, optical, and command and control services. It will support the launch of commercial rockets carrying supplies to the International Space Station or satellites to low-Earth orbit. Thereby creating a competing launch complex for similar payloads that are launched from the Kennedy Space Center.
“This tracking station will help facilitate NASA’s partnership with commercial companies and support operations aboard the International Space Station,” Garver said. “We’re grateful to the government of Bermuda for its ongoing support to NASA.”
Bermuda has been a long-time partner of NASA in supporting space exploration. The British territory hosted a radar tracking station from the Mercury Project in the early 1960s through most of the Space Shuttle Program.