Kennedy News

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Oct. 10, 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.

Today, Cassini was closed out for flight and the nose fairing access doors to the spacecraft were sealed. Closeouts of the Titan IV rocket are now under way. The countdown clock in the Launch Operations Control Center will begin counting backward at 2:55 a.m. on Sunday at the T-26 hour mark. The terminal countdown sequence begins at 3:25 p.m., and the mobile service tower will be retracted from around the vehicle at 9:50 p.m. on Sunday night. Loading of the Centaur stage with its complement of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen propellants will begin at 1:45 a.m. on Monday morning.

The weather forecast for Monday calls for a 40 percent probability of not meeting the launch weather criteria due to a chance of cloudiness, 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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