cap·​com | \ˈkap-ˌkäm \
variants: or Capcom or less commonly CapCom or CAPCOM

Definition of capcom 

: a member of the ground support staff for a manned 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

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The capcom woke Buzz Aldrin one rev early to do a rendezvous radar check. Jennifer Bogo, Popular Mechanics, "The Oral History of Apollo 11," 17 July 2018

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First Known Use of capcom

1961, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for capcom

capsule communicator

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