NASA Launches Next-Generation Communication Satellite

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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


    “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.”

    For more information about TDRS, click here.

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