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NASA Launches Third Generation Communications Satellite
2014-01-24 07:05:18

Joshua Buck, Dewayne Washington and George Diller for NASA NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite L (TDRS-L), the 12th spacecraft in the agency's TDRS Project, is safely in orbit after launching at 9:33 p.m. EST Thursday aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Ground controllers report the satellite -- part of a network providing high-data-rate communications to the International Space Station, Hubble Space Telescope, launch...

NASA Prepare To Launch TDRS-L To Add To Communications Constellation
2014-01-23 10:54:51

NASA The next element in the communications network that links NASA's ground controllers to orbiting spacecraft is ready for launch Jan. 23 following several weeks of preparations. TDRS-L will become the 11th member of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System orbiting Earth following its launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Liftoff is scheduled for Jan. 23 during a launch window that opens at 9:05 p.m. EST. The...

2014-01-14 12:21:21

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-L (TDRS-L) is scheduled to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket Thursday, Jan. 23, from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The 40-minute launch window extends from 9:05 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. EST. Prelaunch media briefings and launch commentary coverage will be carried live on...

2013-12-09 16:20:33

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Media accreditation is open for the launch of NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)-L. Liftoff atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida is targeted for 9:05 p.m. EST Thursday, Jan. 23, at the opening of a 40-minute launch window. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) International media without U.S. citizenship must...

2013-12-09 16:20:09

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's newest Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) is in a temporary home at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida waiting to be attached to a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket that will take it into Earth orbit Thursday, Jan. 23. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The TDRS-L spacecraft arrived at Kennedy Friday, Dec. 6. After being unloaded from a U.S. Air Force C-17 aircraft, it was...

2013-11-05 16:21:22

GREENBELT, Md., Nov. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Visitor Center in Greenbelt, Md., will host this month's Sunday Experiment on Nov. 17 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST. It's a free afternoon for elementary-aged school children and their families with a look at how NASA explores space and studies Earth from space using satellites and other technology. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) This month's Sunday Experiment will...

NASA Accepts Third Generation Tracking And Data Relay Satellite Into Network
2013-08-20 06:55:06

NASA NASA has accepted ownership of its newest Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) from Boeing after successfully completing in orbit testing. TDRS-K, will be renamed TDRS-11 upon entry into service. “This is a major step in replenishing an aging TDRS fleet which is essential in providing communications to support space exploration,” said Badri Younes, deputy associate administrator for Space Communications and Navigation at NASA Headquarters. “We look forward to the launch...

NASA Celebrates 30th Anniversary Of First Satellite Communications Network
2013-04-04 15:13:04

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Thursday marked the 30th anniversary of the deployment of NASA´s first Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, TDRS-A, which was carried into space as part of space shuttle Challenger´s maiden voyage on April 4, 1983. TDRS-A was deployed a day after the shuttle´s launch, as astronauts released the probe from Challenger´s cargo bay, officials from the US space agency said. Following 39 adjustment burns, it...

2013-02-28 12:22:38

On-time and on-budget, the updates were completed without disrupting ongoing NASA Space Network operations. LAS CRUCES, N.M., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics C4 Systems successfully completed critical ground system modifications and technology updates needed to support the mission of NASA's three, next-generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS). Modifications to the ground system, located in New Mexico, included integrating advanced command, control...

2013-01-31 00:20:09

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The first of NASA's three next-generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS), known as TDRS-K, launched at 8:48 p.m. EST Wednesday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) "TDRS-K bolsters our network of satellites that provides essential communications to support space exploration," said Badri Younes, deputy associate administrator for Space Communications and...