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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER/CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL – A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket has again rolled out to launch pad 41 for launch of the top secret NROL-101 spysat currently targeting Friday, Nov. 13, following multiple delays from erratic Hurricane and Tropical Storm Eta that once again hit central Florida with high winds and torrential rains and last Thursday’s scrub due to a ground system LOX valve issue.
The ULA Atlas V rocket was rolled out 1800 feet from the Vertical Integration Facility (VIF) to pad 41 Thursday afternoon Nov. 12 at around 2 p.m. ET.
Liftoff of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the classified NROL-101 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office is now planned for dinnertime Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, at 5:13 p.m. EST (2213 GMT) from seaside Space launch Complex-41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
— ULA (@ulalaunch) November 12, 2020
You can watch the launch live at ULA webpage: https://www.ulalaunch.com
Live video webcast starts 20 minutes before blastoff
The seven-hour launch countdown Wednesday, Nov 4 leads up to liftoff at 5:13 p.m. EST (2213 GMT)
ULA live countdown updates will begin at 11:00 a.m. EST (1600 UTC) at this page.
Weather forecasters says conditions are 90% favorable at launch time
The primary weather concern is with cumulus clouds at Cape Canaveral.
The goal of the Atlas V rocket is carrying a clandestine surveillance satellite to orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).
Enjoy our Space UpClose photos of the Atlas V at pad 41 from the team of Ken Kremer and Jean Wright.
Ken’s Atlas V rocket photos featured at FOX 35 Orlando and WKMG CBS 6 Orlando TV News Nov 2/3/4/5/6:
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