The U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing provided Eastern Range support for the successful launch of NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellites at 8:48 p.m. from Space Launch Complex 41 here.
The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System connects mission control with the International Space Station and other orbiting satellites.
A combined team of military, government civilians and contractors from across the 45th Space Wing provided support to the TDRS-K mission, including weather forecasts, launch and range operations, security, safety and public affairs.
The wing also provided its vast network of radar, telemetry, optical and communications instrumentation to facilitate a safe launch on the Eastern Range.
Brig. Gen. Anthony Cotton, commander, 45th Space Wing, served as the Launch Decision Authority for this mission.
"What a great way to kick off the New Year, with another successful launch from the Easter Range," he said. "Our manifest is full and strong for the coming year," he added. Gen. Cotton also thanked all those who - once again - made this mission a success.