Launch Weather Prediction Upgraded to 80 Percent ‘Go’

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft await liftoff from NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A.The latest launch weather forecast from the U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron upgrades the chance of favorable conditions to 80 percent. That’s good news for launch managers and controllers as they continue with preparations for liftoff of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft on SpaceX CRS-12, the company’s 12th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station. Launch remains on schedule for 12:31 p.m. EDT from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Join us at noon for updates from the countdown.

Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

SpaceX Falcon 9 on Track for Midday Liftoff

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft await liftoff from NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft await liftoff from NASA Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Countdown clocks are ticking this morning at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket awaits liftoff at 12:31 p.m. EDT from Launch Complex 39A. Atop the rocket is a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft packed with more than 6,400 pounds of science research, crew supplies and hardware bound for the International Space Station.

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Monday Launch Forecast Remains 70 Percent ‘Go’; Televised Events Today

Liftoff of SpaceX CRS-11 in June 2017.
Liftoff of SpaceX CRS-11 in June 2017. Credit: NASA TV

Liftoff of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft on a mission to deliver supplies to the International Space Station is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 14, at 12:31 p.m. EDT. This will be the company’s 12th commercial resupply mission to the orbiting laboratory.

The latest launch weather forecast remains essentially the same, with a 70 percent chance of favorable conditions at liftoff. Primary weather concerns will be cumulus clouds and flight through precipitation, although the early afternoon launch time is promising, according to the forecast discussion provided by the U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron.

NASA, SpaceX and other launch and mission officials will participate in televised briefings today. A prelaunch news conference is planned for 2 p.m., followed by the “What’s on Board” briefing at 3:30 p.m. Both will be broadcast on NASA TV — watch live at http://www.nasa.gov/ntv.

Join us tomorrow for live countdown coverage beginning at noon here on NASA’s Launch Blog and on NASA TV.

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Weather Prediction: 70 Percent ‘Go’ for Monday Launch

Liftoff of SpaceX CRS-11 in June 2017.
Liftoff of SpaceX CRS-11 in June 2017. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Today’s “launch minus two days” weather forecast has been issued by meteorologists with the U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron ahead of Monday’s planned liftoff of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft. The forecast continues to predict a 70 percent chance of favorable weather conditions. Primary concerns are cumulus clouds and the potential for precipitation in the flight path.

Liftoff is scheduled for 12:31 p.m. EDT from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This will be SpaceX’s 12th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station.

On Sunday, NASA TV will broadcast a prelaunch news conference at 2 p.m., followed at 3:30 p.m. by the “What’s on Board” science, research and technology briefing. Watch live at http://www.nasa.gov/ntv.

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Weather Forecast for Monday’s Planned Launch of SpaceX CRS-12

On June 3, 2017, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Launch Complex 39A on the company's 11th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station.
On June 3, 2017, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Launch Complex 39A on the company’s 11th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Tony Gray

Meteorologists with the U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron are predicting a 70 percent chance of favorable weather for liftoff of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon spacecraft. Launch of the company’s 12th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 14 at 12:31 p.m. EDT from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Rain and thunderstorms are expected today and through the weekend, especially in the afternoon – a familiar summer weather pattern for Florida’s Space Coast. Heading into Monday, cumulus clouds and flight through precipitation are forecasters’ primary launch weather concerns, but the early afternoon launch time is helpful.

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SpaceX CRS-12 Launch Targeted for Aug. 14

The next SpaceX cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (CRS-12) is now targeted for launch Monday, Aug. 14 at 12:31 p.m. EDT. The launch date would result in a grapple of the Dragon spacecraft on Aug. 16 at approximately 7 a.m. EDT by astronauts Jack Fischer of NASA and Paolo Nespoli of ESA (European Space Agency).

Upcoming Commercial Resupply Flight to Deliver Supplies and Science to Station

Dragon spacecraft docked at the International Space Station
When the Dragon arrives at the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli will grapple the spacecraft using the station’s robotic arm and install it on the station’s Harmony module. Dragon will deliver almost 6,000 pounds of supplies and payloads, including materials to support more than 250 science and research investigations during Expeditions 52 and 53.
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The next mission to the International Space Station will be the 12th commercial resupply services flight for SpaceX. Liftoff is targeted for Aug. 13 at approximately 12:56 p.m., from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will boost a Dragon spacecraft filled with almost 6,000 pounds of supplies. The payloads include crucial materials to directly support dozens of the more than 250 science and research investigations that will occur during Expeditions 52 and 53.

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Next SpaceX Flight to Resupply Space Station Targeted for Aug. 13

On June 3, 2017, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Launch Complex 39A on the company's 11th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station.
On June 3, 2017, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Launch Pad 39A on the company’s 11th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Tony Gray

The next flight of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to deliver cargo to the International Space Station now is targeted for Aug. 13 at approximately 12:56 p.m. EDT from Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

This will be the company’s 12th commercial resupply mission to the orbiting laboratory. The Falcon 9 will send a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft filled with nearly 6,000 pounds of equipment, crew supplies and more than 250 science and research investigations.

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Today’s Launch Weather Forecast Remains 60 Percent ‘Go’

The forecast from the U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron shows a 60 percent chance of favorable weather for today’s planned launch of the eleventh SpaceX cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. Liftoff is targeted for an instantaneous window at 5:07 p.m. EDT from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

With a launch today, the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft will arrive at the station on Monday, June 5, to deliver about 6,000 pounds of experiments and supplies for Expeditions 52 and 53.

Countdown coverage begins here on the blog at 4:30 p.m.

Forecast Now 60 Percent ‘Go’ for Saturday Launch

Weather could be a factor for Saturday’s planned liftoff of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the company’s eleventh commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station. Meteorologists with the U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron have issued the latest forecast for tomorrow, predicting a 60 percent chance of favorable weather at the 5:07 p.m. EDT launch time.

Storms rumbled through the area Thursday afternoon and evening, scrubbing the first launch attempt and leaving considerable cloudiness across Kennedy Space Center and the surrounding area. The primary weather concerns for Saturday’s launch are anvil clouds, cumulus clouds and flight through precipitation. The forecast is similar for Sunday, which currently has a 50-50 chance of favorable conditions.