Atlas V Launch Scheduled
updated: Dec 02, 2013, 12:30 PM
Source: Launch Alert
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance
Office payload is scheduled to be launched by team Vandenberg from Space Launch
Complex-3 here Thursday with a
launch window opening at 11:13 p.m. PST.
Col. Keith Balts, 30th Space Wing commander will be the launch decision
"Vandenberg has successfully made it through many obstacles to get to this
point of launch preparations," said Balts. "With the last Minuteman III test
launch postponed due to the shutdown, we are excited to come back from
Thanksgiving break and showcase our unique mission."
The 4th Space Launch Squadron is in charge of mission assurance and safety
for this launch operation.
"A launch like this takes teamwork and dedication," said Lt. Col. James
Bodnar, 4th SLS commander. "Our mission assurance technicians and engineers
have worked hand in hand with United Launch Alliance going over critical
procedures and tasks to ensure this week's launch is a safe and successful
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