TDRS-K Video File
NASA is preparing to launch the first in a series of three third generation advanced Tracking and Data Relay Satellites, known as TDRS-K. This latest addition to the fleet of seven will augment a space communications network that provides the critical path for high data-rate communication to the International Space Station, Hubble Space Telescope, past shuttle missions and a host of other spacecraft.
It has been 10 years since NASA last launched a TDRS. This launch is the beginning of a welcome replenishment to the space network, which has served numerous national and international space missions since 1983.
TDRS-K Prelaunch News Conference
On January 30th, 2013, TDRS-K was launched into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
TDRS-K Enters the Thermal Vacuum Chamber
TDRS-K Single Access Antenna Installation
TDRS-K Single Access Antenna Stow
TDRS-K in Vibration Test
TDRS-K in the Anechoic Chamber
TDRS-K Solar Array Deployment
A close up animation of an Atlas-5 rocket on the launch pad.
An animation looking up at an Atlas-5 rocket as it launches.
An wide view animation of an Atlas-5 rocket on the launch pad as it launches.
A wide view animation showing the Atlas-5 rocket soaring through the atmosphere.
An animation showing the Atlas-5 rocket separation of the 1st stage.
Animation showing the fairing separate to reveal the TDRS-K spacecraft.
An Animation showing the TDRS-K separate from the 2nd stage Centuar engine.
An animation showing the TDRS-K spacecraft boosting itself to geosynchronous orbit.
A sequence of the TDRS-K deployment.
An animation showing the TDRS-K spacecraft with the Earth in the background.
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and The Boeing Company
MissionsThis visualization is related to the following missions:
TapesThis visualization originally appeared on the following tapes:
TDRS: Continuing The Fleet
Monday, January 28, 2013 at 5:00AM
Produced by - Werner Benger