Video: Ribbon Cutting At NASA Tracking Station

November 5, 2018 | 10 Comments

[Updated] A ribbon cutting ceremony was held this morning [Nov 5] at the NASA Tracking Station on Cooper’s Island in the east end.

Mr. Sam Scimemi, Director of NASA’s International Space Station, and Bill Wrobel, Director of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, led a delegation to Bermuda to officially open the NASA Tracking Station.

At this morning’s ceremony they were joined by local officials including U.S. Consul General Constance Dierman, Deputy Premier Walter Roban, BTA CEO Kevin Dallas, former Premier Sir John Swan, MP Lawrence Scott and more. We will have additional information later on, and in the meantime the live video replay is below.

The 13-minute live video replay is below:

Update 2.35pm: “The tracking station will assist NASA in monitoring current and future missions, including the use of launch vehicles, which are designed to deliver satellites and rockets into orbit and supplies to the International Space Station,” a spokesperson explained.

“The delegation of senior NASA officials will engage with civic leaders during their visit to discuss how the tracking station will support the agency’s mission and vision.

“Mr. Scimemi and Mr. Wrobel will also participate in a series of outreach events organized by the U.S. Consulate to provide resources and information about NASA’s contributions in exploration, science, technology and aeronautics to educators, students and non-governmental organizations.

“Bermuda has been a long-time partner with NASA dating back to the Mercury Project and the Apollo lunar program in the 1960s, when Bermuda hosted a radar tracking station that monitored the progress of spacecraft lifting off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in the same location as the new facility.:

U.S. Consul General Dierman noted, “Now, as then, Bermuda is helping make possible new advances in space flight and in advancing science, engineering, technology, and math education objectives.

“We are delighted they are here to recognize and further our important U.S.–Bermuda relationship.” Historically, Bermuda has formed an important part of NASA’s worldwide network of tracking and data stations.”

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  1. Beam me up Scottie

  2. Just asking says:

    Are they going to lock the gate next so we BERMEY crew can’t go through??
    (JUST Asking )

    • sage says:

      We can’t ride or drive within the ‘nature reserve’, do NASA staff have to walk too?

    • Wahoo says:

      No but they will take advantage of a plp government when they break a lease……again.

    • Chris says:

      That’s what I’d like to know… Will the beaches still be accessible?

  3. Eve says:

    Think about how valuable a tourist attraction the old tracking station would be if the government at the time would have had the foresight to make arrangement with NASA to leave it. The previous employees could have been hired as tour guides.

    • question says:

      Yes, I’m sure top level American astrophysicists with doctorate degrees would have given it all up to be tour guides in a foreign country where they are regularly vilified and told to leave.

  4. Playstation says:

    the area and beaches are open to the public,there are no gates and no you cannot drive your car in there or ride your bike.

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