After a 26-minute delay, an Atlas V rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral's Kennedy Space Center on Friday morning, to.
This new addition to the network will also help extend the mission, allowing communications through the id-2020s, according to NASA, and it'll spend the next three to four months becoming operational. The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M (TDRS-M) was launched using a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket with a liftoff at 8:29 a.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41.
NASA launched the last of its longtime tracking and communication satellites on Friday, a vital link to astronauts in orbit as well as the Hubble Space Telescope.
NASA delayed that launch when an antenna on the satellite was damaged during processing.
The satellite, TDSRS-M, will make its way to orbit and then add its capabilities to the existing TDRS constellation, which includes nine other satellites. This is ULA's 5th launch in 2017 and the 120th successful launch since the company was formed in December 2006.
This is the sixth TDRS satellite Boeing has built for NASA, the first of which was delivered in 2000.
With more than a century of combined heritage, United Launch Alliance is the nation's most experienced and reliable launch service provider. This mission marks the 72nd Atlas V rocket since its inaugural launch in 2002.