DSCOVR and Falcon 9 are GO for launch, mission director confirms.
No technical issues or weather concerns.
The support structure around the Falcon 9 rocket is moving into launch position.
DSCOVR is ready for launch, its team has confirmed.
NOAA’s DSCOVR spacecraft is operating on its own battery power now. It will recharge its batteries in space using solar panels.
The automated terminal phase of the countdown has begun. The rest of the countdown will be controlled by the computers that operate the automated sequencer. DSCOVR will be switched to its own battery power in two minutes.
The launch team is go to proceed to the terminal phase of the countdown which will be controlled by automated sequencer.
The launch team will take a poll shortly before moving into the terminal phase of tonight’s countdown. All weather conditions and upper-level winds are go at this time and there are no technical issues in work.
One of DSCOVR’s primary abilities once it reaches deep space and is activated will be to show Earth Right Now and help detail changes occurring on the planet. One of the instruments aboard DSCOVR is the EPIC camera provided by NASA. Because DSCOVR will be in a position to see the whole sunlit side of Earth at once, the camera will be able constantly observe the entire planet. Read more about what makes that ability important as NASA studies the changing world.