The Final TDRS Communications Satellite Has Finally Joined its Fleet

The last third generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) has finally joined the remaining nine in a geosynchronous fleet. Initially called the TDRS-M, and later renamed the TDRS-13, it was launched in August of 2017. It was built in California by Boeing and has a design that is nearly identical to the other two […]

Get ready for Atlas V/TDRS-M!

United Launch Alliance Atlas V with TDRS-M satellite under payload fairing was rolled out today at Cape Canaveral. Finally after problems with broken antenna, which appeared in the half of July TDRS-M was successfully encapsulated under the payload fairing of the Atlas V rocket (401 configuration); rocket was rolled out to the launch site. With almost […]

TDRS-M will be launched in August before Dragon CRS-12

NASA decided to launch TDRS-M satellite on the top of the Atlas V from SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral, before Dragon CRS-12 on the top of the Falcon-9 from LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center. Recently during last preparations before encapsulation of TDRS-M under the payload fairing of Atlas V, satellite was seriously damaged. Problem caused delay […]

TDRS-M launch date is in question

Launch of the latest NASA data relay satellite TDRS-M probably will be delayed. Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, manufactured by Boeing, suffered for serious damage during last preparations before encapsulation last Friday.  Launch was planned originally for 3rd August 2017 and was contracted for United Launch Alliance. ULA decided to use their proven Atlas V rocket and […]