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An Atlas V rocket with a U.S. Navy communications satellite was rolled to a launch pad Thursday at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station ahead of a scheduled this morning’s launch.
There are no technical problems or weather issues so far. The Atlas V launch window is from 10:30 a.m. to 11:14 a.m. There’s an 80 percent chance of favorable weather, according to Patrick Air Force Base officials.
- MUOS-5 satellite part of military communications network
- Rocket launch window opens at 10:30 a.m. today
The MUOS-5 satellite, built by Lockheed Martin, is the final piece of a network of satellites designed to improve internet, voice and data services to U.S. military forces that are 10 times more advanced than the previous system. The five MUOS satellites will network with four operational relay ground stations, providing near-global coverage.
One thing to look out for on this Atlas V launch: five solid rocket boosters providing an 1.5 million pounds of thrust. It’s a clear day, so the SRB separation should be easily seen from Central Florida.
Join News 13 for a live chat on the launch, starting at 10 a.m.
The Space Coast launch is one of two launches in the U.S. on Friday. College students hope to launch their experiments on a suborbital flight from a NASA facility in Virginia. That four-hour launch window opens at 6 a.m.