Atlas V Scheduled for Spectacular Nighttime Launch on Thursday from Vandenberg

L39_StickerArtOver the last few months, residents along the East Coast have been treated to a series of spectacular nighttime rocket launches from SpaceX and Orbital Sciences Corporation. This week, it’s time for the West Coast to shine.

An Atlas V is scheduled to blast off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Thursday at 11:13 p.m. PST. The ULA rocket will carry a classified National Reconnaissance Office payload (NROL-39) into polar orbit.

The launch will be webcast live beginning at 10:53 p.m. PST at

This is ULA’s 11th launch out of 12 scheduled for the year. The last one on the company’s manifest is Delta IV launch out of Cape Canaveral set for Dec. 12.

Weather Forecast via ULA (as of Tuesday, Dec. 3)

  • Overall probability of violating weather constraints: 80%; Primary concern(s):  Temperature
  • Overall probability of violating weather constraints for 24 hour delay: 30%; Primary concern(s):  Thick Clouds

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