The Space Coast will see its first sunset launch of the year Friday, March 15, when a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket topped with a military payload blasts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Weather forecast is 80 percent “go.”
Here are some things to know about the launch:
• Teams have a little more than two hours – 6:56 p.m. to 9:05 p.m. – to launch the 218-foot-tall rocket from Launch Complex 37 with the 10th Wideband Global SATCOM communications satellite.
• It will mark the final mission of the Air Force’s WGS program.
• Spectators will likely be treated to stunning views of the rocket as it blasts off into the sunset, its solid rocket motor-produced exhaust plume lit by the day’s last light.
• Because this is a ULA mission, there will not be a booster landing or recovery.
• Full coverage kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Friday at floridatoday.com/space and will feature in-depth coverage, photos, charts and more. You can ask the space team — James Dean, Emre Kelly and Antonia Jaramillo — questions and strike up a conversation. We’ll host ULA’s live video.
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