VIDEO: TDRS-M Spacecraft, Atlas V Rocket Take Strides Toward Launch From Space Launch Complex 41

By  //  July 14, 2017

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Set To Launch From Cape Canaveral August 3

ABOVE VIDEO: TDRS Deputy Project Manager Paul Buchanan takes you behind-the-scenes in the clean room where TDRS-M is undergoing final preparations and will be packed into its capsule for launch. This is the LAST chance for you to see TDRS-M on the ground before its launch on Aug. 3. (NASA video)

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION – NASA’s next addition to the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System and the rocket that will deliver it to space are achieving significant prelaunch milestones this week.

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket is coming together in the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41 on Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The first-stage booster was transported to the launch complex and lifted into position yesterday.

The Centaur upper stage will be installed today atop the first stage.

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Meanwhile, at the Astrotech payload processing facility in nearby Titusville, local news media got a chance to see the TDRS-M spacecraft before it is affixed to the payload attach fitting in preparation for encapsulation inside the Atlas V payload fairing next week.

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V first stage is lifted at the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. (NASA/Kim Shiflett image)

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