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Tracking & Data Relay Satellite Prepared For Launch
Inside the Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-L) spacecraft has been encapsulated in its payload fairing. It is being lifted by crane for mounting on a transporter for its trip to Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The TDRS-L satellite will be a part of the second of three next-generation spacecraft designed to ensure vital operational continuity for the NASA Space Network. TDRS-L is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 41 atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at 9:05 p.m. EST on Jan. 23, 2014, the start of a 30-minute launch window.
The current Tracking and Data Relay Satellite system consists of eight in-orbit satellites distributed to provide near continuous information relay contact with orbiting spacecraft ranging from the International Space Station and Hubble Space Telescope to the array of scientific observatories. Click here for a larger image.
(Source: NASA/Kim Shiflett)

Inside the Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-L) spacecraft has been encapsulated in its payload fairing. It is being lifted by crane for mounting on a transporter for its trip to Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The TDRS-L satellite will be a part of the second of three next-generation spacecraft designed to ensure vital operational continuity for the NASA Space Network. TDRS-L is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 41 atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at 9:05 p.m. EST on Jan. 23, 2014, the start of a 30-minute launch window.

The current Tracking and Data Relay Satellite system consists of eight in-orbit satellites distributed to provide near continuous information relay contact with orbiting spacecraft ranging from the International Space Station and Hubble Space Telescope to the array of scientific observatories. Click here for a larger image.

(Source: NASA/Kim Shiflett)

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Anand.Yaligar
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Re : 17 NASA Images of Beautiful Engineering
Anand.Yaligar   1/30/2014 11:21:17 AM
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@Susan, thanks for sharing these pictures. Some of them are really amazing.

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junko.yoshida   1/30/2014 8:43:33 AM
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Some are indeed breath-taking. The grand machinery always fascinated me, but "cubesat" is also interesting. It just looks like a sugar cube against the magnificent space background!

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prabhakar_deosthali   1/30/2014 6:47:02 AM
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Fascinating pictures especially of the Saturn rings and the Vog on the top of the Volcano.

David Ashton
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Re: Nice Pics
David Ashton   1/30/2014 12:24:10 AM
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Hi Susan, still no firm plans, but my intention is to get there......

Susan Rambo
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Re: Nice Pics
Susan Rambo   1/29/2014 10:21:02 PM
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Thanks, David. Do you know if you're coming to the EE Live conference yet?

David Ashton
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David Ashton   1/29/2014 6:41:56 PM
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Thanks for that Susan, great collection of pics.

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