NASA Communications Satellite Damaged 3 Weeks Before Launch

Alain Brian
Juillet 18, 2017

NASA revealed Monday that the Omni S-band antenna on the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite set for launch August 3 was damaged while being packed last Friday inside the payload processing facility. The accident occurred inside a payload processing building near Cape Canaveral, Florida, as the satellite was being packed for launch.

The Tracking Data Relay Satellite, known as TDRS-M, was scheduled to head into space on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the Space Coast. Officials aren't saying whether the incident will delay that launch. "The Centaur upper stage will be installed today atop the first stage". NASA said that the mission team is conducting assessments of the damage and the launch schedule. NASA aims to add TDRS-M to the Tracking Data Relay Satellite System that handles communications with the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope and dozens of other spacecraft in Earth orbit.

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