cap·​com ˈkap-ˌkäm How to pronounce capcom (audio)
variants or Capcom or less commonly CapCom or CAPCOM
plural capcoms or Capcoms also CapComs or CAPCOMs
: a member of the ground support staff for a crewed space mission who is responsible for communicating via radio with the crew during the mission
All the astronauts chosen as capcoms automatically become members of a flight's support team, attending training sessions and computer-simulated practice flights along with the actual crew.Susan Okie

Examples of capcom in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The capcom woke Buzz Aldrin one rev early to do a rendezvous radar check. Jennifer Bogo, Popular Mechanics, 18 July 2019

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Word History


capsule communicator

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of capcom was in 1961

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“Capcom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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