Kennedy News

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Oct. 12, 1997
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.

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