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January 3, 1990

Carter Dove Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. (Phone: 301/286-5566) RELEASE: 90-2 ADVANCED TRACKING AND DATA RELAY SATELLITE PHASE B RFP RELEASED NASA today released the request for proposal (RFP) for the Advanced Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (ATDRSS). The RFP requests that companies demonstrate their ability and capacity to design, manage, integrate and test large, modern communications spacecraft and associated ground facilities. In the recently completed study phase, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., had awarded contracts in September 1987 totaling approximately $9.3 million to five contractors -- Ford Aerospace and Communication Corp.; General Electric Astrospace; Hughes Space and Communications Group; Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, Inc.; and TRW Space and Technology Group -- for an 18-month design feasibility study of the ATDRSS. The first ATDRSS spacecraft tentatively is scheduled for delivery in July 1997, when it could be used to replace one of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS) currently in use. "A four-satellite constellation of ATDRSS is expected to be in orbit and operational by 2001," according to Thomas C. Underwood, Assistant Chief for the TDRS System at Goddard. ATDRSS is intended to maintain the present NASA track and data relay system

through the first decade of the 21st Century. The current TDRS system, which includes geostationary satellites and one operational ground facility and a second ground facility to become operational in 1993, has replaced most of the ground network of tracking stations used by NASA to track and communicate with its low Earth-orbiting spacecraft. The TDRS system provides improved communications coverage for the Space Shuttle. Future missions that will use the system include the Hubble Space Telescope, Space Station Freedom and the Earth Observation System. - more -2-

NASA currently has three TDRS satellites in orbit and three more in various phases of construction. By the end of the next decade, these satellites are expected to reach the end of their useful life and will require replacement. The ATDRSS satellite sought by NASA will provide the necessary continuation to meet user needs. "The advanced satellites," explained William S. Guion of Goddard's Tracking and Data Relay project office, "will differ from the existing TDRS spacecraft in two important respects: a new frequency band with a high-data rate capability of 650 million bits per second; and an enhanced multiple access system which will increase the data rate provided each of several simultaneous users from the current 50 thousand bits per second to 3 million bits per second." These higher communication rates will be needed primarily for relaying to Earth the high resolution images resulting from scientific and application missions on Space Station Freedom. Three TDRS currently in orbit are: TDRS-3 (TDRS-West), 171 degrees west longitude, over the Pacific Ocean southwest of the Hawaiian Islands and just east of the Gilbert Islands; TDRS-4 (TDRS-East), which recently replaced TDRS-1 at the east location, 41 degrees west longitude, over the Atlantic Ocean off the

northeast coast of Brazil; and TDRS-1, which has been moved to approximately 79 degrees west longitude, over the west coast above the Equador, as an on-orbit spare. The current TDRS spacecraft, the largest and most complex operational communication satellites in the world, are built by TRW, Redondo Beach, Calif., and are owned and operated by CONTEL Federal Systems, Fairfax, Va. -end-

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