Monday, January 6, 2014

Weather 80% 'GO' for SpaceX Launch Today

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- The launch of a Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Thaicom 6 satellite is scheduled to liftoff Monday, January 6, 2014, at 5:06 p.m. Eastern Standard Time from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.  


The launch window closes at 7:08 p.m.


The most recent forecast issued by the U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron predicts a 80% chance of overall permissible weather conditions for the SpaceX launch. The primary weather concern for the launch is liftoff winds and thick clouds. 


THAICOM 6 is a hybrid Ku- and C-band spacecraft that weighs 3,016 kg (6,649 lbs) at launch. This mission is the second Falcon 9 launch to a geosynchronous transfer orbit, targeting a 295 x 90,000 km orbit at 22.5 degrees inclination.