Space Force launch of X-37B space plane delayed by bad weather – Space Saturdays May 16, 2020

I saw this article today on – Space Force launch of X-37B space plane delayed by bad weather:

The secret mission is now set for Sunday, May 17.


The U.S. Space Force’s next secret mission of a robotic X-37B space plane has been delayed at least 24 hours after bad weather thwarted a launch attempt today (May 16).

An Atlas V rocket was scheduled to launch the X-37B from a pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida during a two-hour window this morning. But high winds, thick clouds and rain made liftoff impossible, according to launch provider United Launch Alliance (ULA).

“Darn weather. See you tomorrow,” ULA CEO Tory Bruno wrote on Twitter after the launch scrub. “Going to need everyone to focus on those calm, clear thoughts even harder.”

The next launch try for the Space Force will occur Sunday, May 17, at 9:14 a.m. EDT (1314 GMT). The U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing forecasts an 80% chance of good weather at launch time on Sunday. That’s a far cry from the dismal 20% chance the mission had today.

You can watch the X-37B launch live here and on’s homepage beginning at about 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT). You can also watch the launch here directly from ULA.


Thought this was an interesting choice for this week’s Space Saturdays post.

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