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Favorable forecast for NROL-61

ULA's Atlas V, carrying a classified payload for the NRO, stands at the pad for the NROL-61 mission. Photo credit: ULA

ULA’s Atlas V, carrying a classified payload for the NRO, stands at the pad for the NROL-61 mission. Photo credit: ULA

The weather forecast for the Thursday, July 28, 2016 launch of NROL-61 has improved to 90% favorable. Less than 24 hours out from the anticipated 8:37 a.m. EDT launch time on an Atlas V 421, the forecast gives a 10% chance that conditions will violate weather constraint criteria, with the primary concern being cumulus clouds. Should a delay be necessary, the following day’s forecast remains favorable, though the possibility of violating weather constraints increases to 20%.

United Launch Alliance plans to start coverage at 8:17 a.m. EDT. Visit the United Launch Alliance website for more information.

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