CAPE CANAVERAL (CBSMiami/AP) — With a “3, 2, 1,,,Lift off” the last of NASA’s longtime tracking and communication satellites blasted off Friday morning.READ MORE: Federal Judge Tosses Lawsuit Challenging Seminole Gambling Deal
The TDRS-M is the 13th satellite that’s part of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite network.
An unmanned Atlas V rocket provided the lift from Cape Canaveral.READ MORE: The Countdown Has Begun! Famous Knaus Berry Farm Reopens For Season On October 26
NASA has been launching TDRS satellites since 1983. The 22,300-mile-high constellation links ground controllers with the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope and other low-orbiting craft.
This newest satellite cost $408 million. The price tag jumps to $540 million with the rocket.
The flight was delayed two weeks after a crane hit one of the satellite’s antennas last month. Satellite maker Boeing replaced the damaged antenna and took corrective action to prevent future accidents. Worker error was blamed.MORE NEWS: Accused Hollywood Cop Killer Jason Banegas Transferred To Broward Jail
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