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Launch of USSF-7 scrubbed due to weather

Weather conditions have forced the delay of ULA’s launch of USSF-7 atop an Atlas V rocket, originally set for May 16, 2020. Credit: Theresa Cross, SpaceFlight Insider

Despite the availability of two 10-minute windows, United Launch Alliance was unable to loft the USSF-7 payload atop their Atlas V rocket due to weather violations in the launch criteria.While rain bands blew across Cape Canaveral throughout the morning, the combined 45th Space Wing, US Space Force and United Launch Alliance teams worked the launch preparation steps through four different target launch times, ultimately scrubbing the mission after calling a HOLD HOLD HOLD at T-01:40. Plans have been made for a 24-hour turnaround, with a new T-zero of 9:14 am EDT; this means that the SpaceX Starlink-7 mission, scheduled of early morning May 17, will now shift to the right on the calendar as well.

Flight controllers working the USSF-7 launch were taking precautions amid #COVID19 concerns; weather was the cause of the May 16, 2020 scrub. Credit: ULA Webcast

Updates related to readiness and forecast to follow.





Sean Costello is a technology professional who also researches, writes about and speaks publicly on the inspiring lessons within international space flight program. Prior to joining SpaceFlight Insider in early 2014, Costello was a freelance photographer and correspondent covering shuttle-era Kennedy Space Center launches for various radio and print news organizations.

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