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Forecast excellent for Tuesday night Atlas V launch

Launch to supply International Space Station

(Photo: NASA/Dimitrios Gerondidakis)
(Photo: NASA/Dimitrios Gerondidakis)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The forecast is excellent for Tuesday night's planned launch of International Space Station supplies atop an Atlas V rocket, with an 80 percent chance of favorable conditions.

News 6 partner Florida Today reports that United Launch Alliance rocket is targeting an 11:05 p.m. liftoff, at the opening of a 30-minute window at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 41.

There's a small chance that cumulus clouds could pose a problem.

The 19-story Atlas V, which will be launching for the 62nd time, is scheduled to roll to its pad Monday morning with an unmanned Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft packed with about 7,500 pounds of food, equipment and experiments.

The mission is Orbital ATK's fifth of 10 planned through 2018 under a NASA Commercial Resupply Services contract.

ULA's launch readiness review concluded Friday morning with a "go" to proceed toward a Tuesday countdown.