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TDRS-B

NSSDCA ID: TDRSS-B

Description

The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) is a concept utilizing communication satellite technology to improve and economize the satellite tracking and telemetry operation. Three geosynchronous satellites (one a standby) will track and receive data from satellites for relay to a ground station. The two active satellites will be separated in orbit by at least 130 degrees of longitude. Additional details of this system may be found under TDRSS-A, or in the `Project Plan for TDRSS'. This satellite was to be deployed from STS-51L (Challenger) and was destroyed.

Alternate Names

  • TDRS 2
  • Tracking and Data Relay Satellite 2

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1986-01-28
Launch Vehicle: Shuttle
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 2200.0 kg
Nominal Power: 1700.0 W

Funding Agency

  • NASA-Office of Tracking and Data Acquisition (United States)

Discipline

  • Communications

Additional Information

Questions or comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office.

 

Personnel

NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Mr. George Q. ClarkProject ManagerNASA Goddard Space Flight Center 

Related Information/Data at NSSDC

NSSDC TDRS page
STS 51L

Other Sources of TDRS Information/Data

TDRS program

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