ULA launch could face another weather delay

Friday, 13 October 2017, 06:22:36 AM. Weather could once again delay early Saturday ULA launch

A mission from United Launch Alliance pushed back multiple times because of weather and once because of hardware issues could face another delay.

The U.S. Air Force’s 45th Weather Squadron, which monitors conditions on the Space Coast, put the probability of a launch early Saturday at 40 percent.

United Launch Alliance had placed a “no earlier than” date for a National Reconnaissance Office spy satellite launch at 3:31 a.m. on Saturday.

Space launch companies typically unveil launch dates using that wording to allow for unforeseen obstacles.

Previously, the mission had been delayed last Saturday because the Atlas V rocket’s telemetry transmitter needed replacing.

Weather had forced ULA to delay the launch last Thursday and Friday.

The rocket will take off from Florida’s Space Coast and Space Launch Complex 41, which has been active since 1965. ULA shared a photo of the rocket on the launch pad Thursday afternoon.

The rocket will carry into space the National Reconnaissance Office’s NROL-52 satellite, which is believed to be part of the agency’s space data system, which relays data between satellites and supports the U.S. Air Force.

This launch will be the seventh of the year for United Launch Alliance, which has essentially been alternating Florida launches with its main competitor SpaceX all year.

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