Radar ready for Atlas V launch attempt

Liftoff now set for Thursday


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The Air Force confirmed it will be ready to support a Thursday afternoon launch of a classified national security satellite, more than two weeks after an electrical short knocked out a key Eastern Range tracking radar, grounding launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, according to Local 6 News partner Florida Today.

Another radar has been reactivated while repairs continue to the one damaged on March 24.

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket is expected to roll to its Launch Complex 41 pad on Wednesday with a National Reconnaissance Office payload.

Launch is planned between 1:45 p.m. and 2:26 p.m. Thursday, and there's a 90 percent chance of favorable weather.

Four days later, SpaceX is targeting a launch of cargo bound for the International Space Station. Liftoff is planned at 4:58 p.m. Monday from Launch Complex 40.