An updated launch forecast predicts a 90% chance of good weather at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for liftoff of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Inspiration4 crew mission tonight.
Risk levels for abort and recovery weather constraints have also improved.
Forecasters from the U.S. Space Force’s 45th Weather Squadron expect the afternoon sea breeze to keep thunderstorm activity west of the spaceport this evening.
“All indications are the thunderstorm activity will remain west of the spaceport throughout the launch window,” the forecasters wrote. “The elevated winds and enhanced precipitation coverage associated with the Atlantic tropical circulation will likely stay south and east of the ascent corridor for the first half of the launch window, at least.”
“The primary launch weather concerns are flight through precipitation with coastal showers and the anvil cloud rule associated with inland storms.”
The launch window opens at 8:02 p.m. EDT (0002 GMT) and closes at 1:13 a.m. EDT (0513 GMT).
The weather team expects isolated rain showers and mostly clear skies during the launch window. Winds should be from the southeast at 10 to 15 mph.
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