NASA comsat network completed


By Critical Comms Staff
Monday, 21 August, 2017


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The sixth Boeing-built satellite has been added to NASA’s space communications network.

The TDRS-M satellite will provide high-bandwidth communications to spacecraft in low Earth orbit.

“This TDRS-M milestone is another step forward in Boeing’s commitment to developing technologies to support future NASA near-Earth, moon, Mars and deep space missions,” said Enrico Attanasio, executive director, Department of Defense and Civil Programs, Boeing Satellite Systems.

The TDRS network enables continuous communication with the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope, the Earth Observing System and other programs supporting human space flight.

This is the sixth TDRS satellite Boeing has built for NASA, the first of which was delivered in 2000. After reaching its final orbit, the satellite will undergo testing and checkout before being declared operational.

Boeing has provided space communication services to NASA for more than four decades and has been NASA’s sole provider of tracking and data relay satellites since 1995.

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