Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)

Drawing depicting the TRW-built Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS). The TDRS is released from the Space Shuttle payload bay attached to the Inertial Upper Stage (IUS) which carries the satellite to its working orbit of 22,250 miles.  Then the solar panels unfold, the IUS separates, the antennas unfurl and the satellite is ready for check-out commands that precede its operation as NASA's space communications workhorse., Credit Line: TRW Photographic Services, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Physics Today Collection
Abstract/Description: Drawing depicting the TRW-built Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS). The TDRS is released from the Space Shuttle payload bay attached to the Inertial Upper Stage (IUS) which carries the satellite to its working orbit of 22,250 miles. Then the solar panels unfold, the IUS separates, the antennas unfurl and the satellite is ready for check-out commands that precede its operation as NASA's space communications workhorse.
Subject(s): Equipment and supplies
Satellite
Credit Line: TRW Photographic Services, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Physics Today Collection
Catalog ID: Satellite F2