Countdown Enters Final Built-in Hold

19 minutes before launch and the countdown entered a built-in hold as planned. There are no weather or technical impediments to liftoff at 7:05 a.m. EST. This pause will last 15 minutes and allow the launch and flight teams to conduct their polling to give the final go-aheads to begin the Orion mission. The countdown will resume at the T-4 minute mark at 7:01 a.m. and it will mark the start of the terminal countdown phase, the last before liftoff. Today’s launch window extends to 9:44 a.m.

Launch Weather Forecast: 70 Percent Go

Weather Officer Kathy Winters from the 45th Space Wing’s weather squadron just briefed the launch team on weather conditions here are the Cape and updated the official forecast to 70 percent chance of acceptable conditions. They are watching winds and clouds at the time of launch. At this time, all conditions on the Eastern Range are green.