NASA Launches Next-Generation Communications Satellite

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NASA Launches Next-Generation Communications Satellite
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NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellites, known as TDRS-K, aboard an Atlas V rocket, was rolled to its launch position, Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station beginning at 10 a.m. January 29. TDRS-K will augment NASA’s space communications network, providing high data-rate communications to the International Space Station, Hubble Space Telescope, launch vehicles and a host of other spacecraft. “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.” The TDRS Project Office at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., manages the TDRS development program.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — 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.

"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
Navigation at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "It will improve the
overall health and longevity of our system."

The TDRS system provides tracking, telemetry, command and
high-bandwidth data return services for numerous science and human
exploration missions orbiting Earth. These include the International
Space Station and NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

"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."

TDRS-K was lifted into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V
rocket from Space Launch Complex-41. After a three-month test phase,
NASA will accept the spacecraft for additional evaluation before
putting the satellite into service.

The TDRS-K spacecraft includes several modifications from older
satellites in the TDRS system, including redesigned
telecommunications payload electronics and a high-performance solar
panel designed for more spacecraft power to meet growing S-band
requirements. Another significant design change, the return to
ground-based processing of data, will allow the system to service
more customers with evolving communication requirements.

The next TDRS spacecraft, TDRS-L, is scheduled for launch in 2014.
TDRS-M’s manufacturing process will be completed in 2015.

NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation Program, part of the Human
Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at the agency’s
Headquarters in Washington, is responsible for the space network. The
TDRS Project Office at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in
Greenbelt, Md., manages the TDRS development program. Launch services
were provided by United Launch Alliance. NASA’s Launch Services
Program at the Kennedy Space Center was responsible for acquisition
of launch services.

For more information about TDRS, visit:

www.nasa.gov/tdrs

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Launch of Atlas V TDRS-K from Cape Canaveral AFS
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Image by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket blasts off from Space Launch Complex-41 with NASAs Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-K) payload. This was the first of 13 ULA launches scheduled for 2013, the 35th Atlas V mission, and the 67th ULA launch.

Photo courtesy United Launch Alliance

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — 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.

"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
Navigation at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "It will improve the
overall health and longevity of our system."

The TDRS system provides tracking, telemetry, command and
high-bandwidth data return services for numerous science and human
exploration missions orbiting Earth. These include the International
Space Station and NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

"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."

TDRS-K was lifted into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V
rocket from Space Launch Complex-41. After a three-month test phase,
NASA will accept the spacecraft for additional evaluation before
putting the satellite into service.

The TDRS-K spacecraft includes several modifications from older
satellites in the TDRS system, including redesigned
telecommunications payload electronics and a high-performance solar
panel designed for more spacecraft power to meet growing S-band
requirements. Another significant design change, the return to
ground-based processing of data, will allow the system to service
more customers with evolving communication requirements.

The next TDRS spacecraft, TDRS-L, is scheduled for launch in 2014.
TDRS-M’s manufacturing process will be completed in 2015.

NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation Program, part of the Human
Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at the agency’s
Headquarters in Washington, is responsible for the space network. The
TDRS Project Office at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in
Greenbelt, Md., manages the TDRS development program. Launch services
were provided by United Launch Alliance. NASA’s Launch Services
Program at the Kennedy Space Center was responsible for acquisition
of launch services.

For more information about TDRS, visit:

www.nasa.gov/tdrs

NASA image use policy.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center enables NASA’s mission through four scientific endeavors: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Solar System Exploration, and Astrophysics. Goddard plays a leading role in NASA’s accomplishments by contributing compelling scientific knowledge to advance the Agency’s mission.

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