Wednesday, May 15, 2013

80% Weather Chance Atlas V 'GO' For Today's Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- The U.S. Air Force is scheduled to launch a Global Positioning Satellite on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.  

The U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron forecasts an 80% chance of favorable weather conditions on launch day thanks to high pressure that continues to build down the Florida peninsula.  On-shore east to east-southeast winds will result in a small coastal shower threat.  No thunderstorms are expected.  The primary concern for launch day is cumulus clouds. 
The GPS II-F4 is one of the next generation Global Positioning Satellites, with greater accuracy, increased signals, and enhanced performance for its users.

The launch window is 5:38 EDT to 5:56 p.m. EDT.