Breaking: TDRS-M Satellite May Have Been Damaged
From a reliable source, (not confirmed) the TDRS-M space communications satellite may have been damaged during the encapsulation process at Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida. The device that may have been damaged is the Omni S-band antenna.
No word on how this will impact the August 3rd launch target. A power up may be required to test the satellite which could delay encapsulation at least a week.
The AtlasV has been delivered to SLC-41 and into the vertical integration facility (VIF) for mating with the TDRS-M payload.
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