NASA satellite boasts many communication firsts at the poles
Posted April 10, 2009
TDRS-1 began life by opening a new era in NASA satellite communications. It tracked low Earth-orbiting satellites, enabling NASA to issues commands and receive telemetry through most of their orbit.
Working solo, TDRS-1 provided more communication coverage in support of the September 1983 Shuttle mission than the entire network of NASA tracking stations had provided in all previous Shuttle missions.
TDRS-1 firsts include:
Due to increasing orbit inclination, TDRS-1 was the first satellite able to see both Poles. In cooperation with the National Science Foundation (NSF) , an uplink/downlink station for TDRS-1 was installed in January 1998 at South Pole Station .
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