TDRS-K successfully reaches orbit

TDRS-K successfully reached orbit. The Centaur upper stage separated from the TDRS-K spacecraft on time, releasing it in a geosynchronous transfer orbit. The TDR-K carries small thrusters that will spend the 10 days after launch circularizing the spacecraft’s orbit at an geosynchonous altitude of 22,300 miles.

Here’s an interesting interview with the TDRS-K program manager.

United Launch Alliance has posted an informative booklet about the mission.

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Photo credit: NASA/Tony Gray and Robert Murray

Photo credit: United Launch Alliance

Photo credit: United Launch Alliance

 

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