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NASA to put mobile tracking station on Bermuda

Friday - 3/9/2012, 5:06am  ET

NORFOLK, Va. - NASA has signed an agreement with the government of Bermuda to establish a temporary mobile tracking station.

The station will be on Cooper's Island and will support launches from the agency's Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

The mobile tracking station will be provided and operated by Wallops under NASA's Research Range Services Program. The station can provide meteorological, optical and command and control services.

It will support the launch of commercial rockets from Wallops Island carrying supplies to the International Space Station or satellites to low-Earth orbit.

Bermuda's Deputy Premier and Transport Minister Derrick Burgess and NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver signed the agreement on Wednesday.


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