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NASA Launch Services Program Pin - TDRS-K
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NASA Launch Services Program Pin Badge - TDRS-K

Beautifully rendered pin badge - Tracking and Data Relay Satellite measures approx 30 mm across and comes complete with descriptive card.

The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-K (TDRS-K) mission was launched in 2012 on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket. The Atlas V that will launch the TDRS-K spacecraft combines the RD-180-powered Common Core Booster ™ with a 13 feet (4 meter) diameter payload fairing. The Atlas V uses a single engine Centaur upper stage. The primary interfaces between the Atlas V launch vehicle and TDRS-K spacecraft consist of the payload adapter, which supports the spacecraft on the launch vehicle and provides separation, and the payload fairing, which encloses and protects the spacecraft during ground operations and launch vehicle ascent. The payload fairing provides thermal, acoustic, electro-magnetic and environmental protection for the spacecraft during the prelaunch processing operations, launch and ascent. The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) is a spacebased communication system used to provide tracking, telemetry, command and high bandwidth data return services to its many customers. A major component of the system is the TDRS spacecraft itself. Aboard each satellite are multiple antennae that send and receive signals to and from the ground to multiple satellites simultaneously. As a result, TDRS provides a wide variety of services to meet customers’ needs and demands.