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ULA Atlas V Rocket Ready To Launch From Cape Canaveral Thursday Night, January 18

Launch window opens at 7:52 p.m. ET

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BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Thursday night (Jan. 18) carrying the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS).

The launch window will open at 7:52 p.m. ET. Coverage will begin at 7:32 p.m. ET.

FACTS ABOUT THE LAUNCH

  • Rocket: Atlas V 411
  • Mission: Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) GEO Flight 4
  • Launch Date: Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
  • Launch Time: The 40-minute launch window opens at 7:52 p.m. EST
  • Live Broadcast: Tune in beginning at 7:32 p.m. EST
  • Launch Location: Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

Mission Description: SBIRS, considered one of the nation’s highest priority space programs, is designed to provide global, persistent, infrared surveillance capabilities to meet 21st century demands in four national security mission areas: missile warning, missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awareness.

The SBIRS team is led by the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate at the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor, with Northrop Grumman as the payload integrator.

Air Force Space Command operates the SBIRS system.

Launch Notes: ULA also launched the first three SBIRS GEO missions. SBIRS GEO Flight 4 mission will mark ULA’s 125th mission overall since the company was founded in 2006. It’s also the 75th Atlas V launch since the rocket’s inaugural flight in 2002.

Coverage of the launch can be seen on Space Coast Daily TV.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY: Juno Spacecraft Captures Jupiter’s Southern Hemisphere With Colorful Cloud Belts

image was taken on Dec. 16, 2017

This image was taken on Dec. 16, 2017 at 10:12 PST (1:12 p.m. EST), as Juno performed its tenth close flyby of Jupiter. At the time the image was taken, the spacecraft was about 8,453 miles (13,604 kilometers) from the tops of the clouds of the planet at a latitude of 27.9 degrees south. (NASA Image)

(NASA) – Colorful swirling cloud belts dominate Jupiter’s southern hemisphere in this image captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft.

Jupiter appears in this color-enhanced image as a tapestry of vibrant cloud bands and storms. The dark region in the far left is called the South Temperate Belt. Intersecting the belt is a ghost-like feature of slithering white clouds. This is the largest feature in Jupiter’s low latitudes that’s a cyclone (rotating with clockwise motion).

This image was taken on Dec. 16, 2017 at 10:12 PST (1:12 p.m. EST), as Juno performed its tenth close flyby of Jupiter. At the time the image was taken, the spacecraft was about 8,453 miles (13,604 kilometers) from the tops of the clouds of the planet at a latitude of 27.9 degrees south.

The spatial scale in this image is 5.6 miles/pixel (9.1 kilometers/pixel).

Citizen scientist Kevin M. Gill processed this image using data from the JunoCam imager.

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U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney Wants to Ensure Feds Will Never Open Eastern Gulf for Oil Drilling

Last week, U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., who is the vice chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee despite having just completed his first year in Congress, unveiled the “Protecting and Securing Florida’s Coastline Act.”

FLORIDA (SUNSHINE STATE NEWS) – Even while the Trump administration has agreed not to allow oil drilling off the coast of Florida, a congressman from the Sunshine State wants to make sure that pledge becomes law.

Last week, U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., who is the vice chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee despite having just completed his first year in Congress, unveiled the “Protecting and Securing Florida’s Coastline Act.” Rooney’s proposal would ensure the federal moratorium banning oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico would become permanent.

Rooney made the case for his proposal on Friday.

“Offshore drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico is incompatible with our environment and endangers our military readiness,” Rooney said. The moratorium on exploration and drilling was established in 2006 and will expire in 2022 unless Congress acts. It is critical for the future of Florida and our tourism-based economy that this effort to extend the moratorium succeed.”

Rooney praised Gov. Rick Scott for his work ensuring the Trump administration would not permit drilling off the Florida coast.

“I am thankful for the hard work of Governor Scott and the responsiveness of Secretary Zinke in carving Florida out of the administration’s updated drilling plan, but we must ensure that future generations do not have to continue fighting this battle,” Rooney said.

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