Atlas V Launch Set for Thursday Morning

The GOES-R satellite will be NOAA’s most sophisticated weather observation spacecraft and is expected to improve forecasts and tracking substantially. (Credits: NASA/Kim Shiflett)

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. (ULA PR) — Everything is progressing toward the ULA Atlas V launch carrying the NROL-52 mission in support of national security.

The mission, for the National Reconnaissance Office, is set to lift off on a ULA Atlas V rocket on Thursday, Oct. 5 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Today’s L-4 forecast shows a 60 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch. The Oct. 5 launch time is 4:07 a.m. ET.

Launch Forecast Summary:

Overall probability of violating weather constraints: 40%
Primary concerns: Cumulus Clouds and Ground Winds
Overall probability of violating weather constraints for 24 hour delay: 60%
Primary concern: Cumulus Clouds