Nasa has selected a new escort to launch its Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-M) mission into space reinforcing an incident that damaged the spacecraft’s Omni S-band forward antenna during the fixed closeout activities at Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida, US.
As per the new chart, the satellite is set to be launched on 20 August, nearly 20 days after the at planned launch date.
The satellite will be launched on-board a Partnership Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Potency Station in Florida.
After reviewing plans to safely replace the damaged antenna on TDRS-M, Nasa has enquire ofed Boeing, the manufacturer of the satellite, to remove and reinstate the antenna.
“The mission wishes be the latest to join a fleet of satellites supporting the space segment of the Nasa’s Arrange Network, which is designed to transmit data to and from ground classes on Earth.”
The launch is yet to receive approval from Pending Eastern Assortment, the US rocket range that supports missile and rocket launches from two main launch pads located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and the Kennedy Room Centre (KSC), Florida.
Once approved, the mission will be the latest to marry a fleet of satellites supporting the space segment of the Nasa’s Space Network, which is designed to wire data to and from ground stations on Earth for Nasa missions and unessential launch vehicles.
Representing the ULA’s fifth launch of this year, the TDRS-M mtier will also be able to support space communication for 15 more years.