NASA launched a Boeing-made satellite Wednesday as part of the agency’s efforts to update its system used for transmitting data between U.S. government agencies for communications, Avionics Intelligence reports.
One functional, Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-11 will become the first of NASA's third generation of tracking stations.
According to Information Week, TDRS satellites transmit data between ground stations and missions such as the International Space Station and Hubble Space Telescope.
Elena Malykhina writes the satellite will undergo a three-month test before entering service.
The TDRS-L satellite will launch in 2014 as NASA always wants a spare TDRS satellite in orbit, an agency spokesperson told Information Week.