Kennedy News

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

April 23, 1997
Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report
The launch of the GOES-K weather satellite for NASA and NOAA aboard a Lockheed Martin Atlas 1 rocket has been postponed 24-hours due to weather. The primary concern is for high surface winds at the launch pad. The wind is forecast to gust as high as 26 knots. The allowable limit at the time the mobile service tower is retracted from around the vehicle is 22 knots. The wind is also forecast to be out of limit at launch time. In addition, today's severe weather has slowed prelaunch preparations.

The launch window on Friday, April 25, extends from 1:49 to 3:08 a.m. EDT. There is only a 10% chance of not meeting the weather criteria on Friday and the wind is expected to diminish to 10-15 knots.

Photographers needing to establish remote cameras at Complex 36 or service those already in place should be at the NASA-KSC News Center at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday. Those wishing to participate in the tower rollback photo opportunity at the pad will depart from Gate 1 on Cape Canaveral Air Station at 10:15 p.m. Thursday.

Media covering launch will depart from Gate 1 for Press Site 1 at 12:30 a.m. on Friday. Those who need an AC-79/GOES-K mission badge should be at Gate 1 at 12:15 a.m. All media must have an AC-79/GOES-K mission badge to cover the launch.

Launch coverage on NASA Television will begin at 12:30 a.m. EDT.

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