UPDATE: United Launch Alliance Rocket Set For Launch August 20 From Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

By  //  July 27, 2017

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launch window opens at 7:56 a.m. ET

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – United Launch Alliance has announced the Atlas V launch originally scheduled for August 3 will be launched on August 20.

Atlas V 401 rocket is set to liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and is targeting 7:56 a.m. ET.

NASA and Boeing reportedly needed additional time to replace the spacecraft’s Omni S-band antenna at Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville.

Rocket: Atlas V 401
Payload: NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay System (TDRS)-M
Launch Date: Targeting Aug. 20, 2017, pending Eastern Range approval
Launch Time: 7:56 a.m. EDT at the beginning of a 40-minute launch window
Launch Location: Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
Mission Overview

Mission Description: The addition of TDRS-M to the Space Network (SN) will provide the ability to support space communication for an additional 15 years. The network consists of TDRS satellites that transmit data to and from ground stations on Earth for NASA missions and expendable launch vehicles.

Without the Space Network, scientists, engineers and control room staff would be unable to readily access data from missions like the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station.

Launch Notes: This launch will be ULA’s fifth of 2017 and 120th overall. A ULA Atlas V also launched TDRS-K mission in 2013 and TDRS-L in 2014. This mission will mark the 72nd Atlas V rocket since its inaugural launch in 2002.