Update On The TDRS-M Satellite Launch.

Boeing and NASA are reviewing plans to safely replace a damaged antenna on the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-M). On July 14, the TDRS-M satellite’s Onmi S-band antenna was damaged while the spacecraft was undergoing closeout activities at Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida.

Omni S-band antenna on the TDRS-M satellite
Omni S-band antenna on the TDRS-M satellite. Photo Credit: Scott Murray

At the same time the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite team are also evaluating a possible electrostatic discharge event that happened at the launch site. The electrostatic discharge event may have affected spacecraft mechanical ground support equipment at launch complex 41.

The TDRS-M is the latest satellite to support NASA’s space based Space Network and is still on schedule for it’s August 3 launch.

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