After a 26-minute delay, an Atlas V rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral's Kennedy Space Center on Friday morning, to deliver a Tracking and Data Relay Satellite into space. NASA says the satellite will provide ''support critical space communication into the mid-2020s''. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: While the launch itself went off without a hitch, it had been delayed by 26 minutes when damage to an antenna on the communications satellite payload was discovered. After repairs were made, the launch took place at 8.29 am. The satellite will become part of a network of Tracking And Data Relay Satellites NASA says "will provide NASA's Space Network the ability to support critical space communication into the mid-2020s, ensuring scientists, engineers and control room staff can readily access data for missions like the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station."