Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Atlas V Launches From Cape Canaveral

UPDATE: The Atlas V rocket successfully launched from Cape Canaveral this morning.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- United Launch Alliance is scheduled to launch an Atlas V 531 rocket from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Wednesday, September 18, 2013.  The two-hour launch window opens at 3:04 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

The Atlas rocket will carry an Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-3) communications satellite for the U.S. Air Force.  The AEHF system is the successor to the five-satellite Milstar constellation which will provide improved and highly secured communications for all war fighters serving U.S. national security.

The U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron forecasts a 40% chance of favorable weather conditions on launch day.  The primary weather concern for launch day is cumulus clouds and thick clouds.