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USAF AFSPC-6 / ULA Delta IV mission update

The USAF's AFSPC-6 payload is raised to be mated with a ULA Delta IV rocket. Credit: ULA

The USAF’s AFSPC-6 payload is raised to be mated with a ULA Delta IV rocket. Credit: ULA

Everything is progressing towards the scheduled launch of the United States Air Force’s AFSPC-6 mission atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV on Friday, August 19, 2016. Set to lift off from SLC-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in a 4-hour window beginning at 12:00 am, the dual Orbital ATK-built satellite payload is already encapsulated in a 4-meter diameter fairing, and will be delivered to a near-geosynchronous orbit.

The L-4 weather forecast currently indicates a 20% chance of violating weather launch constraint criteria, with the primary concern being cumulus clouds. Should a 24-hour delay be necessary, the following day’s forecast is essentially identical.

Check back with The Liftoff Report for updates.

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