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Atlas V / TDRS-K Mission from CCAS Pad 41


[TDRS-K Launch] [TDRS-K Launch]

Launched Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 8:48 pm EST

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Views of TDRS-K spacecraft onboard a Lockheed Atlas V 401 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAS) in Florida from Launch Complex 41

The TDRS system is a cluster of Tracking Data Relay Satellites that are in geosynchronous orbit. They are used to relay voice, video and datafrom NASA scientific satellites (such as the Hubble Space Telescope), the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle.

The TDRS-K spacecraft launched into orbit Jan. 30, 2013, on the power of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket. It lifted off on time at 8:48 p.m. from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The TDRS-K enjoyed a flawless ride into orbit and deployed successfully into a transfer orbit that will allow the communications satellite to reach its operational position 22,300 miles above Earth. From that position, the TDRS-K, like the others before it, will be able to relay signals from NASA spacecraft orbiting the Earth to ground stations. TDRS users include the International Space Station, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the agency's fleet of Earth observation satellites.


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Last Revised: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 22:08:52 EST (J. Dumoulin)
A service of NASA/Kennedy Space Center Launch Services Program, Amanda Mitskevich, Director