Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)

November 1, 1986 – May 15, 1997

National Air and Space Museum
Independence Avenue and 6th Street, SW
Washington, DC

Space Hall, Gallery 114, 1st Floor, East Wing Floor Plan

On view is a full-scale model of this state-of-the-art tracking satellite, which has provided support to the space shuttle, Spacelab, and Landsat. When fully operational, the satellite system will provide almost continuous tracking services, completely replacing ground stations currently in use.