Atlas V Launch Rescheduled For Today

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Update by Edhat Staff

9:10 a.m., September 23, 2017

Vandenberg Air Force Base has rescheduled the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload for today, September 23. The launch time will be approximately 10:30 p.m. PDT, at Space Launch Complex-3.


Source: Vandenberg Air Force Base

Team Vandenberg is scheduled to launch a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload from Space Launch Complex-3 on Thursday, Sept. 21, with a launch window opening at 10:38 p.m. PDT.

Col. Gregory Wood, 30th Space Wing vice commander, will be the launch decision authority.

"This launch is the culmination of many months of work by United Launch Alliance, the National Reconnaissance Office and the 30th Space Wing," said Wood. "All of Team Vandenberg is dedicated to mission success and proud to play a part in delivering these capabilities to our nation."

The 4th Space Launch Squadron executes integrated launch operations with a focus on mission assurance for this launch operation.

"This launch is a prime example of teamwork by multiple organizations that have worked around the clock to assure mission safety and security," said Lt. Col. Kenneth Decker, 4th Space Launch Squadron commander. "Given the dedication of the men and women have worked to ensure readiness of the launch vehicle and payload, we're on track for a successful launch."

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mjford Sep 21, 2017 06:52 PM
Atlas V Launch Rescheduled For Today

Thanks for the info! I am looking forward to seeing a launch. It looks like the launch was postponed though: http://lompocrecord.com/news/local/thursday-night-launch-from-vandenberg-air-force-base-postponed/article_85585503-776f-54f0-a62f-3f2bb118fa61.html Can anyone comment on the visibility of a night launch from Santa Ynez Peak?

mjford Sep 21, 2017 06:56 PM
Atlas V Launch Rescheduled For Today

Thanks for the info! I am looking forward to seeing a launch. It looks like the launch was postponed though: http://lompocrecord.com/news/local/thursday-night-launch-from-vandenberg-air-force-base-postponed/article_85585503-776f-54f0-a62f-3f2bb118fa61.html Can anyone comment on the visibility of a night launch from Santa Ynez Peak? Or recommend a good spot to watch?

mjford Sep 21, 2017 06:56 PM
Atlas V Launch Rescheduled For Today

Thanks for the info! I am looking forward to seeing a launch. It looks like the launch was postponed though: http://lompocrecord.com/news/local/thursday-night-launch-from-vandenberg-air-force-base-postponed/article_85585503-776f-54f0-a62f-3f2bb118fa61.html Can anyone comment on the visibility of a night launch from Santa Ynez Peak? Or recommend a good spot to watch?

mjford Sep 21, 2017 06:56 PM
Atlas V Launch Rescheduled For Today

Thanks for the info! I am looking forward to seeing a launch. It looks like the launch was postponed though: http://lompocrecord.com/news/local/thursday-night-launch-from-vandenberg-air-force-base-postponed/article_85585503-776f-54f0-a62f-3f2bb118fa61.html Can anyone comment on the visibility of a night launch from Santa Ynez Peak? Or recommend a good spot to watch?

tagdes Sep 21, 2017 02:14 PM
Atlas V Launch Rescheduled For Today

Atlas V, almost twice the thrust of the Delta II so this will be pretty cool. As ODDS says Delta IV Heavy the best of all at about 2& 1/2 times an Atlas V.

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