NASA News Briefing Previews Launch of TDRS-M Communications Satellite

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On Aug. 17, NASA held a news conference to preview the launch and mission of its next Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, TDRS-M. TDRS-M, which is targeted for launch atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, no earlier than Aug. 18, is the third in a series of three advanced TDRS satellites. The fleet of TDRS satellites provides the critical path for high data-rate communication to a host of spacecraft including the International Space Station and its resupply vehicles, the Hubble Space Telescope and many of NASA’s Earth-observing fleet spacecraft.

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