Grand Forks air base selected for new satellite mission
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The Grand Forks Air Force Base has been selected for a military satellite mission.
North Dakota Republican Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer said the base will be home to a Space Networking Center, which is part of the Pentagon’s Space Development Agency’s new low-Earth orbit mission.
NASA defines low-Earth orbit as having an altitude of 1,200 miles (2,000 kilometers) or less. Hoeven says the mission serves as the backbone for all U.S. military communications. Hoeven’s office says a military installation in Alabama also was selected as a center for the mission.