Date: January 23, 2014
Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida US,
Launch Window: 9:05 to 9:45 p.m. EST
Live Coverage: Watch the launch live on SpaceRef.
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V will launch a Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRS-L ) satellite as part of NASA's network of specialized communications satellites that orbit 22,300 miles above the Earth. As the name suggests, the satellites relay signals between spacecraft including the International Space Station and ground control stations on Earth. The spacecraft are a vast improvement over the string of ground stations that were used in the past to communicate with spacecraft for short periods of time as they passed over or near the stations. With the TDRS spacecraft in place, spacecraft including Earth-observing missions and NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have near-constant communication links to Earth.
The 40-minute launch window opens at 9:05 p.m. EST. and the Atlas V will launch from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Web Site Address: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/tdrs/home/index.html