General Dynamics C4 Systems has completed ground system modifications and technology updates to support the mission of NASA’s three, next-generation tracking and data relay satellites, according to a company statement.
“We implemented the new technologies and enhanced capabilities on-budget and on-time for the recent launch of the first next-generation TDRS satellite, TDRS-K,” said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems.
He added that his company “has had significant involvement in the earth-based portion of the TDRS program for more than 30 years.”
GD has modified the ground system in New Mexico by integrating command, control and communications equipment and systems without interrupting the day-to-day operations of the TDRS constellation.
The Scottsdale, Arizona-based company leads the modernization of the TDRS ground system as a subcontractor to the Boeing Company in building the three TDRS satellites.
TDRS satellites maintain a geosynchronous orbit where they have a wide view of Earth and pick up signals from NASA’s fleet of Earth-orbiting spacecraft that are relayed to the White Sands ground station.