Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report
The launch of NASA's Cassini spacecraft aboard an Air Force Titan IV rocket from Complex 40 remains on schedule for 4:55 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 13. The countdown clock in the Launch Operations Control Center began counting backward at 2:55 a.m. this morning at the T-26 hour mark. The terminal countdown sequence begins with a call to stations at 3:25 p.m. today. The mobile service tower will be retracted from around the vehicle at 9:50 p.m.
The launch sequence for the Cassini spacecraft will be activated at 12:55 a.m. on Monday morning at the T-180 minute mark in the countdown. Loading of the Titan IV's Centaur stage with its complement of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen propellants will begin at 1:45 a.m.
The weather forecast for Monday calls for a 40 percent probability of not meeting the launch weather criteria due to a chance of cloudiness, rain showers or higher than allowable surface wind. The forecast is unchanged should there be a launch attempt on Tuesday. At the 4:55 a.m. launch time Monday morning there will be scattered clouds, a temperature of approximately 78 degrees, the humidity 93 percent and easterly winds at 15-18 knots.
Status reports are available at: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/launchingrockets/status/index.html
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