Atlas V to Launch NROL-79Atlas V NROL-79 Mission ArtworkRocket/Payload: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 configuration rocket will launch the NROL-79 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).Date/Site/Launch Time: Wednesday, March 1, 2017, from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The launch period is 9:30-10:30 a.m. EST.Webcast: Tune in to ULA’s live launch day broadcast beginning at 9:30 a.m. EST.Launch Notes: NROL-79 will mark the 70th Atlas V launch and the 35th in the 401 configuration since the rocket’s inaugural mission in 2002.Launch Updates: To keep up to speed with updates to the launch countdown, dial the ULA launch hotline at 1-877-852-4321 or join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch; hashtags #NROL79 and #AtlasV.Go Atlas! Go Centaur! Go NROL-79!
Launch mission partners include: United Launch Alliance Los Angeles Air Force Base, Home of Space and Missile Systems Center Air Force Space Command United States Air Force. Photo credit: ULA.
Marcia Smith @SpcPlcyOnline 29m29 minutes agoWx is 90% go for Mar 1 Atlas V launch from VAFB at 9:50 am Pacific. ULA webcast begins 9:30 Pacific (12:30 pm ET). http://ulalaunch.com
Launch Readiness Review passed for Wednesday's Atlas 5 to execute #NROL79 mission from California. Weather 90% GO
Atlas 5 rocket to provide spacelift for U.S. National Reconnaissance Officehttp://spaceflightnow.com/2017/02/26/atlas-5-rocket-to-provide-spacelift-for-u-s-national-reconnaissance-office/
“We were actually able to deliver the booster during the fires. We were able to offload the booster, and there really was no issues for this mission, specifically, but the WorldView 4 mission was delayed due to the fires and the subsequent build back up of the Range and the electrical infrastructure,” Zarybnisky said.Then, a problem with the upper stage had to be rectified, causing a one-month slip.“This mission has obviously been a little protracted than we would normally have. We moved the launch date twice — once due to the fires, that obviously drove some changes to our schedule, and then we had a technical issue during one of our wet dress rehearsals that we had to work through. We successfully fixed that issue, proved it out in a second wet dress rehearsal and we are moving forward,” Zarybnisky said.Still, the mission is occurring within three months of the launch date selected more than two years ago.
QuoteLaunch Readiness Review passed for Wednesday's Atlas 5 to execute #NROL79 mission from California. Weather 90% GOhttps://twitter.com/spaceflightnow/status/836300140143083520
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The #AtlasV stands 188 feet tall or about 19 stories and weighs 750,000 pounds fully fueled. #NROL79