Saturday, March 05, 2011

Atlas V carrying mini-shuttle to try for launch today.

An Atlas V rocket and an unmanned military spaceplane are scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force today after bad weather forced a delay on Friday.

The United Launch Alliance rocket and its payload - the Air Force's second X-37B spaceplane - are slated to blast off from Launch Complex 41 at 4:09 p.m.

If Friday's attempt is any indication, there are probably two 10-minute launch windows today, the second sometime between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Thick electrically charged clouds that could trigger destructive bolts of lightning, and higher-than-allowable ground winds at the pad, prompted the scrub Friday. There's a 60 percent chance similar conditions will force a delay today.

We'll pick up our live countdown coverage starting at 1 p.m.

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