Nasa launched the last of its longtime tracking and communication satellites on Friday, a vital link to astronauts in orbit as well as the Hubble Space Telescope.
"It's like our baby," said NASA's Badri Younes, deputy associate administrator for space communications and navigation.
The 22,300-mile-high constellation links ground controllers with the International Space Station and other low-orbiting craft including Hubble.
This latest flight from Cape Canaveral was delayed two weeks after a crane hit one of the satellite's antennas last month.
Satellite maker Boeing replaced the damaged antenna and took corrective action to prevent future accidents.
- Atlas V launches from Cape CanaveralOrlando Sentinel
- NASA's Tracking Data Relay Satellite-M Vital for Science Relay Poised for ...Universe Today
- ULA Atlas V ready to loft TDRS-M out of Cape CanaveralNASASpaceflight.com
- This NASA satellite is ready to go to space after having its broken antenna ...The Verge
- Atlas V rocket launch today: NASA satellite ready for rendezvous with siblingsFlorida Today
- ULA Launch Upgrades NASA's Communication Satellite FleetWMFE
- Atlas V rocket launches from Cape Canaveral with NASA satelliteFlorida Today
- TDRS-M Satellite Set To Launch From Cape Will Continue Vital Communications ...SpaceCoastDaily.com
- Why NASA's TDRS Mission is Critical for Future of Humanity in SpaceInverse