Cape Canaveral, fl. – The weather conditions appear to be favorable for the final launch of the Space Coast on Thursday, a mission to include the earth-shaking sonic booms that created the descent of a Falcon 9 booster to Cape Canaveral.
If scheduled, the launch of a secret intelligence satellite owned by the National Reconnaissance Office will have a 70% “go” status for SpaceX at the Kennedy Space Center from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The exact liftoff time within that three-hour window has not yet been released.
“From Wednesday night until Thursday morning, a strong high pressure system moving east from South Texas will bring cold and dry air to the coast of space,” the Space Force’s 45th Weather Squadron said. Said Tuesday. “Thursday’s primary weather concern is liftoff winds and a tight cloud layer rule.
Although not included in the “go percentage” calculation in Pad 39A, forecasters said there was a moderate risk of high winds as early as Thursday morning.
After the liftoff, the Falcon 9’s 162-foot first-stage booster will detach from the second stage, and then begin its descent to Florida. Aim: Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Space Station 9 miles south of Pad 39A.
Descending to the edge of the Cape, Space Coast residents and spectators must be prepared for the triple sonic booms generated by the booster, which can cause a few scares and car alarms.
The Falcon 9 rocket of NRO SpaceX was selected for this mission, known as NRL-108. Although the intelligence agency rarely provides details about its payloads, Mission Artwork was released Tuesday Next to the text “Peace by force” the angry gorilla is shown beating his chest.
“Gorillas are peaceful animals, but they can be tough when needed.” NRO Said via Twitter. “Like the Gorillas, our NRL-108 mission is constantly vigilant and ready to defend itself, demonstrating the NRO’s commitment to protecting U.S. warplanes, interests and allies.”
Thursday’s launch will mark the 31st of this year on the Space Coast.
- Rocket: Space X Falcon 9
- Mission: NRO Intelligence Satellite
- Launch time: TBD
- Launch Window: 9am to 12pm ET
- Launch pad: 39A at Kennedy Space Center
- Landing: Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station
- Weather: 70% “Go”
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