Good news comes from ULA announcing that everything is progressing toward the ULA Atlas V NROL-42 launch in support of national security.
The mission, for the National Reconnaissance Office, is set to lift off on a ULA Atlas V rocket on Thursday, September 21 from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Today’s L-3 weather update shows 40 percent favorable conditions for launch. The launch time is 10:38 p.m. PDT.
Launch Day Forecast
Overall probability of violating weather constraints: 60 percent
Areas of concern: Launch Visibility, Ground Winds
Overall probability of violating weather constraints for 24 Hour Delay: 30 percent
Areas of concern: Ground Winds
This is going to be the company's sixth launch of 2017 and the 121st launch, overall.
NROL-42 will be the 25th mission that ULA has launched for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) since ULA's founding in 2006 and is the 73rd Atlas V launch sine the rocket's inaugural launch on August 21 of 2002.
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