|Posted on Oct 19, 2009 03:30:46 PM | Dan Kanigan | 9 Comments ||
So we’re right down to it now. The team is busy making final preparations before the huge door on the Vehicle Assembly Building rolls up and the rocket inches its way out and down the 4.2-mile track to launch pad 39B.
Right now things look pretty good for tonight’s rollout. The giant crawler-transporter is ready, the team is working through their checklists and even the weather appears to be cooperating. (knock on wood) The forecast is projecting peak winds tonight at Kennedy Space Center at 26mph, (23 knots) which is well within our guideline limit of 35 mph. (30.5 knots) As it stands this afternoon, there is a 10% overall chance of weather criteria violation during the roll to the launch pad.
First motion is scheduled for 12:01 EDT and the trip is expected to take about 7 hours. I guess that’s what you get when you travel 4.2 miles at a top speed of 0.8 miles per hour.
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