Satellite damaged during final preparations for August launch

Last Updated: Monday, July 17, 2017, 2:36 PM EDT

A communications satellite set to launch in just over two weeks from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station was damaged Friday during final preparations.

  • Satellite set to launch in less than 3 weeks damaged
  • NASA says antenna damaged during final preparations
  • No word on whether launch date will be pushed back

NASA said Saturday that an "incident" damaged the antenna of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite at the Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville.

Few details have been released. The mission team is assessing the damage and whether the damage will push back the Aug. 3 scheduled launch on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

The TDRS-M satellite network connects ground controllers with the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope and other spacecraft.