I’m going to do a very basic explanation of this. I will do a more detailed version when I understand it better. All the pictures are from United Launch Alliance and NASA.
The Launch time was 8:48:06 p.m.
This is a picture of the Atlas V 401 first stage with the Centaur second stage and the satellite on top in its capsule that is called a payload fairing. I’ll use payload fairing from now on.
This is a view of the Atlas V 401 as they were getting it into position in the frame which is done before they roll it out to the launchpad.
They put the parts together and then they put the assembled first stage, second stage and payload fairing on the launchpad.At the end of the rocket is the booster. This is what powers the rocket through the first stage of the launch.
This is the Centaur second stage. This powers the satellite, at first when she’s inside of her payload fairing and then after the fairing falls away.This is the payload fairing as it is being transported to the frame.
This is a picture of the crew closing the spacecraft inside of the payload fairing.
This last picture is an artist’s drawing of what TDRS – K looks like in space.