‘Twas the night before launch…sitting atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket, is our next communications satellite ready for Friday’s 8:03 a.m. EDT launch to space.
August 18 | 2017
The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M, or TDRS-M, will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida tomorrow and is the latest addition to join our space communications network. In spaceflight, communication is crucial. Whether it's the International Space Station linking to the Mission Control Center at our Johnson Space Center or interstellar images being transmitted to Earth by the Hubble Space Telescope, the vital link is our Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) system. With tomorrow’s launch, this network’s lifespan will be extended by 15 years or more. CREDIT: United Launch Alliance (ULA)