Atlas V Launch Rescheduled for Wednesday Evening

An Atlas V rocket carrying the AEHF-6 mission for the U.S Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center lifts off from Space Launch Complex-41 at 4:18 p.m. EDT on March 26, 2020. (Credit: United Launch Alliance)

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. (ULA PR) — Everything is progressing towards the ULA Atlas V launch carrying the NROL-101 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office.

The mission is set to lift off on Wednesday, Nov. 4 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch time is 5:54 p.m. EST.

Today’s forecast shows a 70 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch.

Live broadcast coverage of launch will begin at 5:34 p.m. EST Nov. 4. Live launch updates and webcast available at: www.ulalaunch.com.

Follow our live blog for official and timely information  here. The live blog begins at 11:00 a.m. EST on launch day.

A launch attempt scheduled for Tuesday was canceled after Atlas V was rolled out for final processing. Upon arriving at the launch pad we experienced an upper payload environmental control system flow rate reduction.

United Launch Alliance (ULA) will use an Atlas V 531 rocket to launch the NROL-101 mission. This will be 141st mission for United Launch Alliance and our 29th for the NRO. It is the 86th Atlas V launch and the 4th in the 531 configuration.

ULA’s Atlas V rocket is a workhorse for the U.S. military, intelligence community and scientific researchers. Developed as a modular vehicle, each Atlas V is tailored to the needs of its passenger by adding as many as five side-mounted solid rocket boosters for increased lift performance and a variety of available payload fairings in various diameters and lengths to protect satellites during atmospheric ascent.

The high-energy Centaur upper stage, which has been used to send spacecraft to every planet in our solar system, is incorporated into Atlas V to deliver the payloads to their intended destinations.