Wednesday, January 30, 2013

TDRS K on Atlas 5

Nothing beats a night launch! I took photos leading up to the launch as test shots to prepare. There are some cool star fields in the photos. I watched the launch with Jen and Sabrena.

Night launch of TDRS-K on an Atlas 5
A practice picture waiting for the launch. The halogen lights are really amazing at night.

The official stats:
Jan. 30/31 Atlas 5  •  TDRS K
Launch time: 0148 GMT on 31st (8:48 p.m. EST on 30th)
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket (AV-036) launched the TDRS K communications and delay relay satellite for NASA. The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) connects mission control with the International Space Station and other orbiting satellites. The rocket flew in the 401 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from June 12, Dec. 6, Dec. 13, Jan. 18 and Jan. 29. See our Mission Status Center. [Jan. 30]


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