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UNITED STATES 29 Jan 2013 NASA launches newest global communications satellite
NASA launches its newest Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-K) atop an Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida

January 29, 2013 - NULL

UNITED STATES 29 Jan 2013 NASA launches newest global communications satellite
NASA launches its newest Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-K) atop an Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Jan 29. It has been 10 years since the last launch for the network. The January deployment of the next generation spacecraft begins the replenishment of the fleet. The geosynchronous network 22,300 miles above Earth relays communications from the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope and a range of other satellites in low-Earth-orbit.

NASA began deploying the TDRS system using the space shuttle in

UNITED STATES 29 Jan 2013 NASA launches newest global communications satellite
NASA launches its newest Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-K) atop an Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Jan 29. It has been 10 years since the last launch for the network. The January deployment of the next generation spacecraft begins the replenishment of the fleet. The geosynchronous network 22,300 miles above Earth relays communications from the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope and a range of other satellites in low-Earth-orbit.

NASA began deploying the TDRS system using the space shuttle in 1983, with the maiden flight of Challenger putting up the first craft. A later part of the system was lost en route with the explosion of Shuttle Challenger in 1986.

The system was designed to replace a pre-existing worldwide network of ground stations that had supported all of NASA's manned missions and unmanned satellites in low-Earth orbit. (WRITTEN DEC 2012)

RELATED READING:

NASA's TDRS K shipped to the Cape for Jan. 29 launch (Spaceflight Now 18 Dec 2012)
http://spaceflightnow.com/atlas/av036/arrival.html

NASA's next-generation communications satellite arrives at Kennedy (PhysOrg 19 Dec 2012)
http://phys.org/news/2012-12-nasa-next-generation-satellite-kennedy.html

Date written/update: 2013-01-29