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Weather Forecast During Launch


According to weather officials, there’s a 95% chance of favorable weather conditions at the time of the launch.

Trajectory


View comprehensive details including the rocket’s trajectory, velocity, altitude, thrust, and more at FlightClub.io.

USSF-62

Mission


USSF-62

  • Type: Earth Science
  • Orbit: Polar Orbit
  • Launch Cost: $52,000,000

First Weather System Follow-on (WSF) satellite.

WSF-M (Weather System Follow-on – Microwave) is the next-generation operational environmental satellite system for the Department of Defense (DoD), to replace the microwave wavelength weather forecasting capabilities of the DMSP satellites.

Ball Aerospace has been selected in late November 2017 to be the prime contractor for 2 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) weather satellites with a passive microwave imaging radiometer instrument and hosted Government furnished energetic charged particle (ECP) sensor space weather payload developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory. The radiometer leverages the Ball-built Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Microwave Imager (GMI) instrument.

This mission will improve weather forecasting over maritime regions by taking global measurements of the atmosphere and ocean surface.

USSF-62

Location


Space Launch Complex 4E

Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Space Launch Complex 4E has witnessed the launch of 147 rockets, including 147 orbital launch attempts, while Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA, has been the site for 758 rocket launches.

Space Launch Complex 4E

Rocket


SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5

Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. The Block 5 variant is the fifth major interval aimed at improving upon the ability for rapid reusability.

Falcon 9 Block 5

Landing


Core B1082

Booster B1082 last launched 05/10/2024 and has seen 4 successful launches and landings. Falcon 9 Block 5 booster.

Landing Zone 4 – LZ-4

LZ at Vandenberg

Return to Launch Site – RTLS

A return to launch site usually means that after stage separation the booster flips and does a burn back towards the launch site, landing near where it initially launched from.

B1082

Agency


SpaceX

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX operates from many pads, on the East Coast of the US they operate from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and historic LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center. They also operate from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, usually for polar launches. Another launch site is being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

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Scotsreb
Scotsreb
2 months ago

I hope the launch is delayed to 7:30 AM as otherwise it is a RUDE launch.

Dillon
Dillon
2 months ago

We need it to delay until just after ~5:50am pacific time to be a great twilight effect launch for the immediate west coast!! If it launches at 5:00am it’ll still be in darkness, but after the launch, the upper-level launch RP-1 clouds would at least be visible

Will
Will
2 months ago

Newbie here – when is the latest they would confirm or delay the launch? I am planning to wake up early and drive an hour to Lompoc to watch.

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
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Reply to  Will
2 months ago

They can delay and change the launch anytime.

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
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Reply to  Will
2 months ago

View our FAQ for more information: https://www.spacelaunchschedule.com/faq/

David
David
2 months ago

I don’t think launch times are determined as to the convenience of spectators.