453-NENUG (REV. 1), NEAR EARTH USER\'S GUIDE (15-JAN-2010) [FORMERLY 453-GNUG]
453-NENUG (REV. 1), NEAR EARTH USER\'S GUIDE (15-JAN-2010) [FORMERLY 453-GNUG]., The purpose of this document is to describe the technical capabilities of the ground stations that
comprise the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Near Earth Network
This document provides sufficient information to enable project engineers and support personnel
to begin interfacing with the NEN. It is not intended to be a technical description of network
equipment; rather, it defines NEN capabilities and identifies those parameters of particular
interest to the user. For more detailed information, see the documents cited in Section 1.3.
Because NEN capabilities may change (due to budgetary constraints or management decisions,
for example), the information presented in this document does not obligate NASA in any way. For the purpose of this document, the NEN consists of both the NASA owned ground stations
located in Norway, Florida, Alaska, Antarctica, Virginia and the contracted commercial stations
run by the Universal Space Network (Alaska, Australia, Hawaii), Santiago Satellite Stationn
(Chile) and Kongsberg Satellite Services (Norway). The NEN also includes support from the
Network Integration Center (NIC) located at the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). The NEN
scheduling office, WS1 S/Ka-band, and VHF systems are all located at the White Sands
Complex, New Mexico.
For each NEN station, with the exceptions of Hartebeesthoek, Kiruna and Weilheim, this
document provides the following information:
• General characteristics, including geographic location, transmit/receive capabilities, and
* Detailed performance characteristics.
* User tracking capabilities.
* Baseband data interfaces.