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NASA's New Comsat: TDRS-K Spacecraft in Photos

Logo on the TDRS-K Spacecraft

NASA/Frankie Martin

A closer look at the logo painted on one half of the payload fairing that will protect NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, TDRS-K, inside the Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., near NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. This image was released Jan. 16, 2013.

TDRS-K Stands Positioned

NASA/Frankie Martin

ASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, TDRS-K, stands positioned between two pieces that make up the payload fairing that will protect the spacecraft during launch and ascent into space. This image was released Jan. 16, 2013.

TDRS-K Spacecraft

NASA/Frankie Martin

Technicians move one half of the payload fairing into place over NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, TDRS-K, inside the Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., near NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. This image was released Jan. 16, 2013.

Atlas V Rocket Rollout

NASA

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket is rolled to the pad at Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., in preparation to launch NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-K (TDRS-K).

Atlas V Rocket on Launch Pad

NASA

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket is rolled to the pad at Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., in preparation to launch NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-K (TDRS-K).

Atlas V Rolled Out to Launch Pad

NASA

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket is rolled to the pad at Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., in preparation to launch NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-K (TDRS-K).

Atlas V On Way to Launch Pad

NASA

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket is rolled to the pad at Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., in preparation to launch NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-K (TDRS-K).

Atlas 5 Rocket Moving the TDRS-K Satellite

Pat Corkery/United Launch Alliance

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V stands ready for launch at Space Launch Complex-41 with NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-K) payload. Launch is set for Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 8:48 p.m. EST.

Atlas 5 Moving the TDRS-K Satellite

Pat Corkery/United Launch Alliance

NASA established the TDRS project in 1973 to provide around-the-clock and around-the-Earth communications for the network that routes voice calls, telemetry streams and television signals from the International Space Station, as well as other orbiting spacecraft.

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