Thursday, April 22, 2010

United Launch Alliance Atlas V Will Fly Into Cloak Of Secrecy

An Atlas V rocket remains scheduled to launch a next-generation reusable spaceship from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station tonight.

Check out this United Launch Alliance VIDEO. It shows the launch sequence through Centaur main engine cutoff 17 minutes into the mission. At that point, the flight goes into a cloak of classified secrecy and United Launch Alliance mission commentary will end.

Liftoff is scheduled for 7:52 p.m. at Launch Complex 41. The launch window tonight will extend through 8:01 p.m.

The weather forecast is looking good. Air Force meteorologists say there is an 80 percent chance conditions will be acceptable for launch. The prime concern is the possibility of electrically charged clouds that could trigger bolts of lightning that could destroy the Atlas V in flight.

You can watch a United Launch Alliance WEBCAST beginning at 7:32 p.m.

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