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TDRS satellite launch at KSC looks good for Thursday night

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Plans are proceeding at the Kennedy Space Center for the launch of the TDRS-L satellite Thursday, according to NASA. The Space Agency says a Flight Readiness Review was conducted with managers for the United Launch Alliance Friday, and the go-ahead was given to proceed with plans to launch the NASA Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-L aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket Thursday night. The next step calls for a Launch Readiness Review Tuesday to determine if the rocket can be moved from the Vertical Integration Facility to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 41.

New satellites also enhanced

The TDRS-L satellite is the second of three new satellites joining the eight NASA has in orbit to provide communications for science and human missions such as the Hubble Space telescope and the International Space Station. TDRS-L, for example, has enhanced solar panels which will provide more power “…to meet the growing S-band communications requirements…” of the satellite network.

Launch window Thursday night

The TDRS-L is scheduled to launch on the United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex Thursday evening, with the launch window starting at 9:05 p.m., and extending until 9:45 p.m.

Click here to visit the NASA TDRS website.

Click here to visit the United Launch Alliance website.

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