Get the latest updates as we post them — right on your browser

. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Space Test Successful

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida () -- Astronauts aboard the U.S. space shuttle Endeavour deployed a small satellite Monday, setting the stage for a demonstration of a money-saving inflatable antenna.

Endeavour astronaut Mario Runco, a former New Jersey state trooper, used the shuttle's 15-meter-long robot arm to gently release the Spartan satellite carrying the experimental antenna at 7:29 a.m. local time.

The satellite was pre-programmed to inflate the reflective, lens-shaped antenna dish and its accordion-style tripod struts at about 9:40 a.m. local time.