ULA Successfully Launches TDRS-M Satellite.

On Friday August 18th 2017, United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully launched the new TDRS-M satellite. At 8:23 am the Atlas V rocket blasted off from launch complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. 

We were able to photograph the launch from the top of the Vehicle Assembly Building and while up there we felt it would be awesome to have our viewers join us, in Virtual Reality, so we did a live 360 VR stream on Facebook. Watch the video below. Sorry about the low quality, there is no 4G on the roof. We barely had 3G and most of the time it was in 1X. 

ULA TDRS-M satellite launch in 360 VR from the top of the Vehicle Assembly Building

ULA Atlas V rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with the TDRS-M satellite
United Launch Alliance successful launches TDRS-M satellite. Credit: ULA

 From NASA:
“The addition of TDRS-M to the fleet will provide the Space Network (SN) 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.”

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