Sunday, October 15, 2017

Atlas V Launches After 5th Attempt

Atlas V 421 configuration rocket

UPDATE: United Launch Alliance successfully launched an Atlas V rocket on the fifth attempt after it was scrubbed due to weather and  hardware issues.


A new launch date and time has been set for 3:28 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Sunday, October 15, 2017 from Space Launch Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Launch Weather

The most recent forecast issued by the U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron predicts only a 70% chance of overall permissible weather conditions for Sunday's launch.  The primary weather concern for launch is cumulus clouds.

Payload

The Atlas V 421 configuration rocket will carry a National Reconnaissance Office (NROL-52) satellite.

Few details have been released about the mission other than that it is "in support of national defense." NROL-52 will mark ULA’s seventh launch of 2017 and the 26th launch for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

Image credit: ULA