A joint effort between NASA and U.S. aerospace giant Boeing has unveiled the first of a pair of new satellites that will send low-cost satellites to the International Space Station.NASA and Boeing announced Tuesday the first satellite, the Delta II, will be launched on the SES-8 satellite bus.
The satellite will be in orbit about 20 minutes before its scheduled launch date of Sept. 16.
The Delta II will provide access to NASA’s Expedition 46 crew capsule.
The Delta II is the first commercial satellite to launch on the Soyuz rocket that launched Russian cosmonauts in December 2017.NASA will be sending the Delta III, also known as the SLC-40, to orbit on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
That rocket has been plagued by delays and a launch-outage on Jan. 28, 2018.
The two new satellites will provide critical information and communications services to the ISS.