Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Delta II nears 8:39 am EDT Launch from Cape

A Delta II rocket is just moments away from an 8:39 am EDT launch from here at Cape Canaveral, AFS on a satellite delivery mission for the missile defense agency.

Cape weather officials are watching a small area of showers moving at 10 knots toward the northeast which will bring light precipitation to the launch pad. Currently, the launch team is red for both cumulus clouds and rain in the flight path of the Delta II.

The launch team is looking to push back the target launch time to the middle of the one hour launch window at this time.

Once launch occurs, the rocket will climb and begin steering toward the northeast and move up the United States coastline as it launches in a high inclination orbit of 58 degrees.

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