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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 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...

NASA Launches Next-Gen Tracking Satellite From Florida
2013-01-31 06:26:01

[ Watch the Video: TDRS-K Lifts Off Towards Its Orbit ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Update (January 31, 2013): NASA launched the first of its three next-generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS) at 8:48 p.m. last night (Jan. 30, 2013) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It was lifted into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41. The satellite, TDRS-K, will add to an existing fleet of...

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2010-06-28 07:26:47

Satellite supported important research and medical missions in Antarctica for more than a decade After a long career providing communications support, NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) 1 is retiring. From 1983 to 1998, TDRS-1 allowed NASA to talk to other satellites in orbit. From 1998 to 2009, NASA reassigned TDRS-1 to support the National Science Foundation (NSF) and its U.S. Antarctic Program partners to perform scientific, educational, and operational endeavors. Launched...

2010-06-26 07:14:56

After a long and successful career providing communications support, NASA's groundbreaking Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) 1 is retiring. On Sunday, June 27, NASA will shut down the satellite that launched into orbit during space shuttle Challenger's maiden voyage (STS-6) in April 1983. From 1983 to 1998, TDRS-1 provided NASA with the ability to communicate with other satellites in orbit. NASA reassigned TDRS-1 in 1998 to support the National Science Foundation's (NSF) U.S. Antarctic...

2009-10-14 11:20:00

GREENBELT, Md., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After a rocky start and then a stellar 26-year performance, NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite - 1 (TDRS-1) is scheduled for decommissioning on October 28. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Communications equipment that links TDRS-1 to the ground has failed and without this capability it can no longer relay science data and spacecraft telemetry to ground stations located at the White Sands Complex...

2008-11-03 12:00:20

BETHESDA, Md., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- After 32 years of serving ships at sea and scientists at the South Pole, an aging communications satellite owned by Intelsat Ltd. has been retired. The Marisat-F2 satellite, manufactured by Hughes Aircraft Inc. and launched in 1976, had only a five-year design life, yet until the end, the communications payload continued operating within its original specifications, Intelsat engineers said. Once dubbed "The Little Satellite That Could," Marisat-F2 is...

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2008-05-17 00:15:00

Twenty-five years ago, NASA inaugurated a new era in spacecraft communications with the launch of the first Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, or TDRS. This space-based system ultimately replaced an extensive network of ground tracking stations deployed for the Apollo missions and significantly increased the time available to mission operators to contact their flight vehicles. Perched 22,300 miles above the equator, the satellite rotated Earth at the same speed and direction that the Earth...


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2012-03-03 12:37:51

The first flight of space shuttle Challenger launched from Kennedy Space Center on April 4, 1983 at 1:30 PM (EST) and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on April 9, 1983 at 10:53 AM (PST). Challenger orbited 81 times at an altitude of 184 nautical miles at an inclination of 28.5 degrees and travelled 2.1 million miles. Mission duration was 5 days, 0 hours, 23 minutes, and 42 seconds. The launch was originally set for January 20 and was delayed by a hydrogen leak into the engine compartment...

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