Houston, we may have a problem, and it could come from an antenna that was damaged on Friday during spaceflight closeout activities in Titusville, Fla.
The Boeing-made TDRS-M satellite is supposed to launch Aug. 3 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, but it’s not yet clear whether the satellite will make that launch window. There was no word on the precise nature of the antenna damage.
“The mission team is currently assessing flight acceptance and schedule,” NASA said in a brief statement.
NASA aims to add TDRS-M to the Tracking Data Relay Satellite System that handles communications with the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope and dozens of other spacecraft in Earth orbit.