TDRS-9, known before launch as TDRS-I, is an American communications satellite which is operated by NASA as part of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System. It was constructed by the Boeing Satellite Development Center, formerly Hughes Space and Communications, and is based on the BSS-601 satellite bus. It was the second Advanced TDRS, or second-generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, to be launched.
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
847 rockets have launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, USA.
Atlas IIA – Lockheed Martin
Length: 47.54 m
Diameter: 3.04 m
Launch Mass: 204 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 6580 kg
The Atlas IIA was manufactured by Lockheed Martin with the first launch on 1992-06-10. Atlas IIA has 23 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 23 launches. Atlas II was a member of the Atlas family of launch vehicles, which evolved from the successful Atlas missile program of the 1950s. It was designed to launch payloads into low earth orbit, geosynchronous transfer orbit or geosynchronous orbit. Sixty-three launches of the Atlas II, IIA and IIAS models were carried out between 1991 and 2004; all sixty-three launches were successes, making the Atlas II the most reliable launch system in history.
Launchers: Titan | Agena
Spacecraft: Hubble | JUNO | InSight
Lockheed Martin’s Space Division started in the production of missiles and later ICBM’s in the 1950s. Their TITAN missile system was used for 12 Gemini spacecraft and the Voyager probes. They have worked largely in collaboration with NASA on many of their probes, landers, and spacecraft, and hope to play a key role in NASA’s return to the moon in 2024.