Thursday, April 22, 2010

Weather Forecast For Atlas V Launch Improves To 90 Percent "Go!"

The countdown to the planned launch tonight of an Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral is proceeding without problems and the weather forecas for launch just got better.

Atlas Launch Weather Officer Clay Flinn of the Air Force 45th Space Wing Weather Squadron just briefed launch managers and he increased the probability of acceptable weather to 90 percent from 80 percent. The only concern remains a slight chance that electrically charged clouds might sweep into the area during a launch window that will extend from 7:52 p.m. through 8:01 p.m.

Liftoff remains targeted for 7:52 p.m.

IMAGE NOTE: Click to enlarge the United Launch Alliance photo of the Atlas V on Launch Complex 41. Photo credit: Pat Corkery/ULA.

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