Press Release

ULA Atlas V AEHF-2 – Launch Set for May 3, 2:46 p.m. EDT

By SpaceRef Editor
May 1, 2012
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The vehicle Launch Readiness Review was completed today and everything is proceeding towards the Air Force’s Atlas V AEHF-2 launch on Thursday. The launch window opens at 2:46 p.m. EDT and extends until 4:46 p.m. The L-2 weather forecast shows improvement with a 70 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch.

L-1: Wednesday

– 1:00 p.m.: Remote camera photographers meet in the Space Florida parking lot for escort to SLC-41 to set cameras

L-0: Thursday

– 12:30 p.m.: 45th SW/PA meets media at the Kennedy Space Center Pass and ID Building on State Road 3 for escort to media launch viewing site

– 2:26 p.m.: The AEHF-2 launch will be carried live beginning 20 minutes prior to launch and will conclude approximately 55 minutes following launch. A simulcast of the broadcast can be viewed here: http://www.ulalaunch.com/site/pages/Multimedia_Webcast.shtml

– 2:46 p.m.: Opening of the launch window

Weather Forecast

Overall probability of violating weather constraints: 30%
Primary concern(s): Anvil Clouds, Cumulus Clouds

Overall probability of violating weather constraints for 24 hour delay: 30%
Primary concern(s): Anvil Clouds, Cumulus Clouds

Satellite Coordinates
ALL TIMES EASTERN STANDARD TIME
BEGIN TRANSMISSION (BARS AND TONE) – 1:45 P.M.
PROGRAM START – 2:26 P.M.
LAUNCH WINDOW – 2:46 – 4:46 P.M.
END PROGRAM – 5:45 P.M.

SATELLITE: SES 2
TRANSPONDER: 21
BAND: C-Band Analog
ORBITAL POSITION: 87 degrees west
CARRIER: SES Americom
BANDWIDTH: 36 MHz
UPLINK FREQ: 6345 MHz Vertical
DOWNLINK FREQ: 4120 MHz Horizontal
AUDIO SUBCARRIER: 6.2 & 6.8 MHZ

Jessica Rye
ULA Communications
321-730-5646 (o)
321-693-6250 (c)
jessica.f.rye@ulalaunch.com

SpaceRef staff editor.