by Bill Anderton
The NASCOM Communications Network supported the Apollo 11 mission by providing an extensive voice, video and data communications network. It was global in scope and, for its time, it was state of the art. The network spanned the Earth linking all the tracking stations, the tracking ships, the ARIA aircraft, NASA centers to Goddard and then on to Houston.
Satellite, undersea cable, microwave, leased telephone company broadband circuits and high-frequency radio circuits were all employed to connect the far-flung facilities in real time. In practice, the network performed amazingly well.
The complex NASCOM network was commanded from the "Network Controller" console position which was the #10 Flight-Controller position in Mission Operations Control Room 2 (MOCR 2), situated on the right side and near the Flight Director's console.