Press Release

NASA Postpones Launch of TDRS-K

By SpaceRef Editor
January 23, 2013
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The launch of NASA’s TDRS-K Tracking and Data Relay Satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket is being rescheduled to Jan. 30. The launch window is 8:48 to 9:28 p.m. EST, a duration of 40 minutes.

The one-day postponement allows technicians additional time to replace an Ordnance Remote Control Assembly (ORCA) that gave an anomalous signal indication prior to planned ordnance connections.

The standard Launch Readiness Review is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 28. At the conclusion of this review, the “go” is given for the Atlas V rollout to the launch pad. The prelaunch news conference then will be held at 1 p.m.

Rollout is targeted for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29. News media should be at the KSC Press Site at 9 a.m. for transportation to view the rollout.

Launch coverage on NASA Television and the Web will begin at 6:15 p.m. on Jan. 30.

To view the webcast and the launch blog or to learn more about the TDRS-K mission, visit:

SpaceRef staff editor.