Scattered showers, storms to develop this afternoon
ORLANDO, Fla. — Thursday will start off with partly cloudy skies. It will be mainly dry through the morning. READ: NASA provides first of two briefings for upcoming Crew-3 launch to International Space StationScattered thunderstorms will start to develop in the afternoon, at a 40% chance. The storms will start to move in around 2 p.m.READ: ULA, NASA finish ‘wet dress rehearsal’ for upcoming launch for to study ‘Trojan asteroids’Western areas will see an increased chance of a storm by 5 p.m.Daytime highs will reach the 90s. Visit our hurricane section: EYE ON THE TROPICSFollow our Severe Weather team on Twitter for live updates:Click here to download the WFTV weather app for live updates to your phone, and click here to stream weather coverage on the WFTV now app.wftv.com
COVID-19 oxygen demand delaying launches from SpaceX and ULA
A pandemic-triggered shortage of oxygen across the nation has rippled out to spaceflight companies like SpaceX and United Launch Alliance, officials confirmed this week, and is part of the reason for the Space Coast’s months-long launch drought, reports News 6 partner Florida Today.
Starliner on schedule for Friday launch from Cape Canaveral
Starliner begins rollout to the pad The Atlas V rocket and Starliner makes its way from Kennedy Space Center's vehicle assembly building to the pad for Friday's launch. (ULA)CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION, Fla. — NASA is one step closer to Friday’s second orbital flight test of the Starliner Spacecraft with the rollout to the Launch Complex-41. PHOTOS: Starliner rollout to the Launch Complex-41Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 5 Starliner rollout to the Launch Complex-41 (ULA)The launch, which is scheduled for July 30 at 2:53 p.m., will be the second Orbital Flight Test to the International Space Station. The launch will be the second of three test flights planned for Starliner to the ISS. VIDEO: NASA, Boeing seeking new launch date for next Starliner test flight to ISSThis will be the 88th launch of the Atlas V rocket and the 100th ULA launch from Space Launch Complex-41.wftv.com
Delta II rocket joins garden at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
After being closed for months due to COVID-19, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center is fully open with a glistening new rocket on display in the rocket garden. It was truly amazing,” said ULA’s Director of Launch Operations, Ron Fortson, recalling the first time he worked on a Delta II launch. AdThe Delta II was a busy rocket over its nearly 30-year life flying 155 times. The Delta II also carried numerous science missions for NASA. Visitors will also notice a big structure under construction behind the new Delta II rocket.
Preps for ULA’s new Vulcan rocket continue at Cape Canaveral
The newly assembled ULA launch platform for the Vulcan Centaur rocket made its first trip to the launch pad on Jan. 29, 2021. (Image: ULA)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – United Launch Alliance plans to launch a brand new rocket known as the Vulcan Centaur later this year from Cape Canaveral following years of development. ULA is modifying Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station to support Vulcan rocket launches. Teams successfully tested out the new platform on its first trip to the launch pad where it will undergo further testing. Relativity Space is also targeting late this year to launch its Terran 1 3D-printed rocket and Blue Origin’s New Glenn will also be assembled and launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
‘Majestic’ ULA Delta IV Heavy rocket lift offs off sending spy satellite into orbit
The United Launch Alliance rocket fired up and soared off the pad at 8:09 p.m. from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station Launch Complex 34. Formerly an Air Force Station, it is now Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. Patrick Air Force Base was also renamed as a Space Force base. Last month, ULA launched another spy satellite for the NRO on an Atlas V rocket from a different launch pad. That launch window opens at 11:20 a.m. and will take flight from Space Launch Complex 40, also at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
ULA launches national security satellite from Cape Canaveral
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A United Launch Alliance rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Friday evening into a clear colorful sky carrying a secret spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office. The Atlas V rocket’s mission was to launch a satellite known as as NROL-101 for the National Reconnaissance Office. Liftoff happened after a few brief delays at 5:32 p.m. from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex-41. The liftoff was scheduled for about 20 minutes earlier but ULA reported a timing issue with some engine valves that was quickly resolved. Meanwhile, downrange SpaceX is preparing to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center sending four astronauts to the International Space Station.
ULA delays Atlas V launch from Cape Canaveral due to Tropical Depression Eta
The planned weekend launch of an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station will push into next week due to a tropical system near Florida, United Launch Alliance said Friday. Tropical Depression Eta, recently downgraded from hurricane status, is expected to strengthen and skirt the west coast of Florida, diminishing Atlas V’s chances of flying Sunday evening. Atlas V’s last launch attempt on Wednesday was scrubbed due to issues with the fueling system at Launch Complex 41, but ULA also confirmed the hardware has been fixed. “The issue with the remotely commanded ground system liquid oxygen valves has been resolved and the rocket and payload are healthy,” ULA said. Their Crew Dragon capsule is scheduled to launch from pad 39A at 7:49 p.m. Nov. 14.
ULA scrubs national security satellite liftoff from Cape Canaveral
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – United Launch Alliance was preparing to launch one of its Atlas V workhorse rockets from Cape Canaveral Wednesday, offering a nice distraction from the ongoing ballot counting country-wide, however, due to a technical issue the liftoff has been delayed. The Atlas V rocket made the 1,800-feet journey to the launch pad for the second time Tuesday afternoon from the hangar at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. [RELATED: When is the next rocket launch from Florida?] Another NRO satellite launch was delayed a handful of times in August, September and October before ULA announced the launch was delayed indefinitely. The Falcon 9 will liftoff from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
No Election Day launch, ULA delays national security satellite liftoff
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Central Florida voters won’t see a rocket launch on Election Day after all. The #AtlasV stands atop its Cape Canaveral pad for Tuesday's #NROL101 launch in support of U.S. national security. Another NRO satellite launch was delayed a handful of times in August, September and October before ULA announced the launch was delayed indefinitely. The company is slated to launch a GPS satellite for the U.S. Space Force and Air Force on Thursday. The Falcon 9 will liftoff from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Atlas V rocket launch scheduled in Florida for Election Day
All rights reserved)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The same day Americans head to the polls to elect a president, ULA will launch a rocket into space. ULA tweeted Monday that it will attempt to launch an Atlas V rocket Nov. 3 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. [SPACE NEWS: When is next rocket launch from Florida?] The launch window opens at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 8:10 p.m. The rocket will carry the NROL101 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office.
UPDATE: ULA scrubs launch of national security payload
*** ORIGINAL***After four scrubs, will Wednesday’s attempt be the one to successfully launch a national security payload on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy? “However, the earlier lighting hold ate up so much of the launch window that we will not be able to continue towards a launch tonight.”ULA plans to try again Wednesday at 11:54 p.m. Forecasters with the Space Force are giving the launch window a 70% chance of favorable weather. It’s possible SpaceX could launch 60 Starlink satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket Thursday at 9:17 a.m. SpaceX said in a tweet the company is targeting after 9:43 p.m. during a two-hour launch window.
6 things parents should know about their child’s online activity
This being an example of the real dangers of social media. “Social media right now is a big hub for predators to contact children. Especially vulnerable children,” Harper said. Be aware of the people they are communicating with online: Do they know who they are communicating with? Know who your children hang out with and who their friends are: Harper said during investigations into missing children, they ask their parents who their close friends are.
Storms move through Central Florida before cooldown arrives
ORLANDO, Fla. – The sea breeze storms will be at it again Tuesday afternoon like Monday, starting after 2 p.m. Temperatures will be in the upper 80s before the heavy rain moves in but get ready for big changes as a cold front moves in Wednesday. We have a surplus since Sept. 1 of 4.28 inches. The record high for Sept. 28 in Orlando is 96 set in 1921. Pinpointing the tropicsA broad area of low pressure is expected to form over the western Caribbean Sea in a few days.
UPDATE: ULA launch scrubbed after weather delayed prelaunch preparations
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – ***11:33 p.m. 9/29/2020 Update***The launch of the United Launch Alliance Rocket has been scrubbed after the weather in Central Florida resulted in a delay to relaunch preparations, according to ULA. Launch officials said a hydraulic leak in the ground system required crews to move the tower and it needed further evaluation. The weather prevented the team from moving forward with the attempt on Tuesday, according to ULA. When it does launch, it will mark the 13th round of Starlink satellites for SpaceX’s constellation. Space Force Weather forecasters are predicting a 40% chance of favorable launch weather for the heavy lift rocket.
ULA looks towards Tuesday for Delta IV rocket launch from Cape Canaveral
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – ***UPDATE ***United Launch Alliance says it is ready to launch the NROL-44 satellite after multiple postponed launches. “We are taking extra precautions to ensure all issues are resolved with the swing arm retraction system,” ULA said in a tweet. “Additional time is needed for the team to test and evaluate the swing arm retraction system,” ULA officials said. “(The mission) is delayed due to an issue with the swing arm retraction system,” ULA tweeted. Although only two will launch on ULA’s heavy lift rocket, the launch set for Sept. 26 and NROL-82 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California later this year.
ULA finds cause of dramatic Delta IV Heavy launch scrub; targeting new date
United Launch Alliance teams have determined the cause behind a Delta IV Heavy rocket’s dramatic, last-second abort late last month, setting the stage for another attempt no earlier than next week, News 6 partner Florida Today reports. We will replace or rebuild as needed, re-test, and then resume towards launch.”He said teams are currently targeting no earlier than Friday, Sept. 18, for the next pre-dawn attempt. If the timeline holds, it will actually mark Delta IV Heavy’s third attempt to launch a secretive intelligence-gathering satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office known as NROL-44. The first launch on Aug. 27 was scrubbed due to a pneumatics issue in ground support equipment. Elsewhere on the Eastern Range, SpaceX is tentatively targeting about 12 hours before Delta IV Heavy – so next Thursday afternoon – for its next mission from Kennedy Space Center’s pad 39A.
ULA scrub leaves 2 SpaceX launches remaining this weekend
There are two more launch opportunities this weekend for ULA but the company has not announced when the next liftoff attempt will happen from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. According to ULA CEO Tory Bruno, the first scrub was caused by an issue is with the gas ground system involved in preparing the rocket for launch. Meanwhile, SpaceX will attempt two launches on Sunday, including the landing of two rocket boosters. Due to the ULA scrub, SpaceX delayed its launch for the Argentina Space Agency, or CONAE, which was scheduled for Friday. Here’s a recap of the launches happening in the next 48 hours:SaturdayULA Delta IV Heavy with NROL-44Launch time: 2:04 a.m.
SpaceX, ULA line up 3 rocket launches in 3 days but will it happen?
The current forecast from the 45th Space Wing shows an 80% chance of favorable launch weather for the four-hour window. A Delta IV Heavy launch alone would be a treat to see because the powerful three-booster, 235-foot-tall rocket doesnt launch very often. Ahead of the launch, ULA did something unusual with the rocket. It used the rocket and launch hangar as a backdrop to project an interactive video, known as 3D mapping. Its the first time a real rocket has been used as a landscape for art, according to ULA.
Launch alert: ULA Delta Heavy rocket ready to rumble
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. United Launch Alliance will launch a U.S. national security mission on Aug. 26 using its Delta IV Heavy rocket, a treat for early risers because the heavy-lift rocket is a rare sight. Liftoff is scheduled for 2:16 a.m. from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Last October, the heavy-lift rocket launched NASAs Parker Solar Probe from Cape Canaveral on a mission to study the sun. Tropical Storm Laura is forecast to become a Category 1 hurricane off Floridas west coast next week. Meanwhile, Tropical Depression 14 is moving on a projected path toward Houston, where it could make landfall as a tropical storm after becoming a Category 1 hurricane.
Spaceflight community mourns loss of ULA Chief Scientist Bernard Kutter
The space and engineering community is grieving for the loss of one of spaceflight’s most gifted minds after the death of United Launch Alliance Chief Scientist Bernard Kutter. Kutter, who was considered a leader in NewSpace and the architect of ULA lunar plan, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on Aug. 12, according to the National Space Society. It is with a very heavy heart we share that Bernard Kutter, our Chief Scientist and manager of Advanced Programs, unexpectedly passed away. He hosted workshops on lunar science for ULA employees and other members of the spaceflight and planetary science community. Phil Metzger, a planetary scientist at the University of Central Florida, described Kutter as a “central part” of space.
Live updates: NASAs Mars rover set for launch from Cape Canaveral
NASA and United Launch Alliance are in the final hours before launching a rover and helicopter to Mars from Floridas coast. The liftoff is scheduled for 7:50 a.m. Thursday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station where ULA will launch its Atlas V rocket with the rover named Perseverance and the chopper nicknamed Ingenuity on their journey to the red planet. Follow updates below throughout the countdown and liftoff:3 p.m. Live views of the launch padA camera at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is showing live views of Atlas standing tall on the launch pad ready for Thursdays morning liftoff. Wondering when and where you may see the #AtlasV launch of Mars 2020? Launch is scheduled for tomorrow morning at 7:50amEDT from Cape Canaveral.
Here’s when you can expect the next Space Coast launch
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – Florida’s Space Coast is preparing for a busy summer with a NASA Mars rover launch coming up and SpaceX launching satellites on a near-weekly basis. According to the 45th Weather Squadron forecast, SpaceX is targeting Thursday for the next Starlink launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. When the satellites first launch they are closer to Earth before moving deeper into space. SpaceX lead manufacturing engineer Jessica Anderson explained how the company is addressing those concerns during a recent Starlink launch. https://t.co/iq4oKMrMuA pic.twitter.com/38wFSaUXFV — ULA (@ulalaunch) June 22, 2020Meanwhile down the road at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, United Launch Alliance is preparing to launch NASA’s next Mars rover.
Solar Orbiter: The US-European mission to explore the sun's poles in photos
The European Space Agency's Solar Orbiter, a spacecraft designed to observe the sun in incredible, scorching detail, launched to our star on Feb. 9, 2020, on a mission to try and solve some solar mysteries. The spacecraft will launch atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 11:03 p.m. EST (0403 GMT on Feb. 10). Full story: Solar Orbiter launches on historic mission to study the sun's polesspace.com