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Rocket Launch: August 3 ULA Atlas V TDRS-M

Aug 03, 2017 Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Space Launch Complex 41 ULA Atlas V TDRS-M


NASA’s Tracking Data Relay System (TDRS) is a network of specialized satellites that provide communications services to numerous NASA spacecraft. The addition of the TDRS-M satellite will enable space communication between spacecraft and Earth for 15 additional years, replenishing NASA’s Space Network. The satellites enable near-constant communication between Earth and missions like the International Space Station and Hubble Space Telescope. Without the Space Network, scientists, engineers and control room staff would be unable to readily access data from missions such as these.


Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers the closest public viewing of launches. Availability of viewing opportunities and locations is dependent upon the scheduled launch time and is subject to NASA and/or U.S. Air Force approval. Check back for updates on launch viewing opportunities at the visitor complex. Official launch dates and times are posted as soon as they are available.

For launch transportation and viewing opportunities, tickets become available for purchase no earlier than 2 weeks before the launch date. You must purchase a daily admission ticket or an annual pass in order to use launch transportation/viewing tickets. The tab to purchase launch transportation/viewing tickets will appear on the ticket web page as “VIP Launch Viewing” only when tickets become available.

Ticket holders are transported by bus from the main visitor complex to special viewing areas, and bus boarding begins up to 3 hours ahead of the scheduled launch time. Since launch days often have many extra visitors, please allow time for travel, parking and entering the complex before boarding the bus for launch viewing. Additional launch viewing located further from the launch site is available at the main visitor complex during operating hours with daily admission and does not require an additional ticket.

Check back closer to launch date for updated launch time and viewing opportunities, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for launch viewing announcements.

Launch date, time, and viewing opportunities are subject to change. Launches can be affected by technical and mechanical issues as well as range operations and weather, either in advance or at the last minute. Learn more about our Launch Scrub Policy.

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The Atlas V rocket was introduced by United Launch Alliance (ULA) in August 2002. The Atlas V was developed to provide launch services to the U.S. government and is a part of the Atlas program which in total has logged more than 600 launches to date. Since their debut, Atlas V vehicles have achieved 100 percent mission success in launches from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida and Space Launch Complex-3E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The rocket uses a standard common core booster™ (CCB), up to five strap-on solid rocket boosters (SRB), an upper-stage Centaur in either the Single-Engine Centaur (SEC) or the Dual-Engine Centaur (DEC) configuration, and one of several payload fairings (PLF). For this mission, Atlas V will fly in a 401 configuration with four-meter fairing and no solid rocket boosters.




Rocket Launch: August 3 ULA Atlas V TDRS-M