|Photo credit: United Launch Alliance|
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- The launch of a U.S. Air Force global positioning satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 401 rocket is scheduled for 8:38 a.m. EST on Friday, February 5, 2016, with an 19-minute launch window.
The Atlas V rocket will carry the GPS IIF-12 satellite into space from Space Launch Complex-41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
According to the latest weather forecast from the USAF 45th Weather Squadron, there is only a 40% percent chance overall of acceptable weather conditions at launch time. The primary weather concerns for launch are ground winds and thick clouds.
GPS IIF-12 is one of the next-generation GPS military satellites. The GPS IIF-12 mission will be ULA’s first mission of 2016 and the 60th operational GPS mission to launch on a ULA or heritage rocket.
Where Can You Watch The Rocket Launch?
A. The best place to watch the launch is from the Canaveral National Seashore just north of Kennedy Space Center. Admission is $5 per car. The park opens at 6 a.m. Visit the U.S. National Park Service website for directions and more information.
B. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is opening at 6 a.m. for the launch. There are several locations available for guests to view the launch. General admission tickets required. Visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex website for directions and more information.
Free areas to watch the Rocket Launch (in order of best viewing):
1. Titusville, Florida southward along the Indian River on the east side of US Highway 1.
2. Between Merritt Island and Cape Canaveral along the north side of State Road 528.
3. Port Canaveral, with best viewing and paid parking available at Jetty Park.
|Map of Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Credit: Google. Rocket launch viewing locations added by Brevard Times.|