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Photo Release -- NASA's Tracking And Data Relay Satellite Flight 6, Built By Northrop Grumman, Marks 20 Years On Orbit

REDONDO BEACH, Calif., Jan. 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The sixth Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS), built for NASA by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), marked 20 years of successful on-orbit performance Jan. 13, surpassing its design life by a decade.

NASA TDRS (a)
The space shuttle Endeavour (STS 54) deploys TDRS Flight 6 on Jan. 13, 1993. The Northrop Grumman-built satellite marked 20 years of successful on-orbit performance Jan. 13, 2013 - 10 years longer than its design life. (Image courtesy of NASA)
NASA TDRS (b)
Artist's concept of a first-generation NASA TDRS communications satellite built by Northrop Grumman. (Image courtesy of NASA).

Photos accompanying this release are available at http://media.globenewswire.com/noc/mediagallery.html?pkgid=16839

Placed into orbit by the space shuttle Endeavour (STS-54) in 1993, TDRS Flight 6 has provided a multitude of communications services to a wide variety of missions, such as transmitting stunning images from the Hubble Space Telescope to Earth, and delivering pictures, television, voice and data from the International Space Station.

Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector built the first generation of seven TDRS spacecraft at its Space Park facilities in Redondo Beach. TDRS-6 is currently in geosynchronous orbit in a location over the Atlantic Ocean above Brazil, according to NASA.

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