TDRS: The Network That Enables Exploration
NASA is preparing to launch the second, in a series of three, third generation advanced Tracking and Data Relay Satellites, known as TDRS. This latest addition to the fleet of eight, TDRS-L, will augment a space communications network that provides the critical path for high data-rate communication to the International Space Station, Hubble Space Telescope, human occupied spacecraft and a host of other spacecraft.
In 1983, NASA launched the first of a series of new communication and navigation satellites that would rely less on international ground stations and provide continuous coverage.
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The Network That Enables Exploration, TDRS
Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 5:00AM
Produced by - Werner Benger