Tracking and Data Relay Satellite Launches
NASA – A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket streaks away from Space Launch Complex 41 into the night sky over Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, carrying NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-K, TDRS-K, to orbit.
The TDRS-K spacecraft is part of the next-generation series in the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System, a constellation of space-based communication satellites providing tracking, telemetry, command and high-bandwidth data return services. Photo credit: NASA/Glenn Benson
NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, TDRS-K, stands positioned between two pieces that make up the payload fairing that will protect the spacecraft during launch and ascent into space. Technicians working inside the Astrotech payload processing facility near NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida will perform the encapsulation. Image credit: NASA/Frankie Martin Jan. 16, 2013
Inside the Astrotech payload processing facility near NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, TDRS-K, is being checked out prior to being encapsulated inside the Atlas V payload faring in preparation for launch. Image credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann Jan. 11, 2013
“With this launch, NASA has begun the replenishment of our aging space network,” said Jeffrey Gramling, TDRS project manager. “This addition to our current fleet of seven will provide even greater capabilities to a network that has become key to enabling many of NASA’s scientific discoveries.” more> http://tinyurl.com/ahutoaj