|NASA launches newest communication satellite|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
CAPE CANAVERAL — NASA’s super-high-flying fleet of communication satellites just got bigger.
An unmanned rocket blasted into a chilly, clear sky Thursday night carrying the latest, third-generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellite.
NASA uses the TDRS satellites to support the International Space Station and Hubble Space Telescope, among other craft. The network is 22,300 miles high, at various locations above the equator, and allows continuous two-way contact with the space station and its six inhabitants.
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