Friday, October 29, 2010

Forecast looks good for Monday launch of Discovery

There's an 80 percent chance of favorable weather for Discovery's planned 4:40 p.m. Monday blastoff from Kennedy Space Center, according to a forecast released this morning by Air Force meteorologists.

Read the report here.

The main concern is a possibility that a low cloud ceiling could develop over the spaceport during the 10-minute launch window.

But conditions should be excellent for processing work through the weekend and external tank fueling scheduled to start at 7:15 a.m. Monday.

If the launch is delayed to Tuesday or Wednesday, the odds of good weather drop slightly, with the same concern about clouds and a chance of showers within 20 nautical miles of the launch site. But there's still a 70 percent chance of acceptable conditions.

At 10 a.m. today, NASA will host a first status briefing on the progress of launch preparations, five hours before the countdown officially picks up at 3 p.m. Click on the NASA TV image at right to watch the briefing live.

Discovery mission commander Steve Lindsey and pilot Eric Boe this morning are practicing landings in a Gulfstream jet modified to handle like an orbiter during descent.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

WESH just posted a one day launch delay due to new leaks...........