The weather in Florida today is beautiful but chilly, and all systems are GO for United Launch Alliance to attempt launching NASA’s next Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-L, or TDRS-L, atop an Atlas-V rocket this evening from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Tonight’s launch attempt is scheduled for 9:05 p.m. EST, with the launch window extending to 9:45 p.m. EST. The weather forecast from the 45th Space Wing remains favorable for liftoff tonight, with temperatures in the mid-40s and the odds of acceptable conditions at 90 percent—near perfect for a launch with the only slight concerns being thick clouds associated with a limited increase in moisture in advance of the next cold front.
Keep up with the countdown and watch the launch LIVE via our Launch Tracker tonight!
BELOW: Photos from our face-to-face visit with the Atlas-V and TDRS-L at Space Launch Complex-41 Wednesday afternoon. All photos © copyright 2014 Alan Walters and Mike Killian for AmericaSpace. Additional images provided courtesy of United Launch Alliance.