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Mission profile: ULA Atlas V launch with AEHF-4
     Florida Today

If all goes according to plan, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V is rocket set to its most powerful configuration wants to break off a pad at Cape Canaveral's Air Force Station early Wednesday with a $ 1.8 billion military communications satellite.

Teams have two hours – 12:15 am to 2:15 a.m. – to boost the Air Force's Advanced Extremely High Frequency 4 spacecraft from Launch Complex 41 to a geosynchronous transfer orbit.

Air Force forecasters are 80 percent "go" for the attempt.

There are three parts to our coverage:

Coverage kicks off at 11:30 pm Tuesday at floridatoday.com/space and wants feature in-depth coverage, photos, charts and more. You can ask the team questions and strike up a conversation. We'll host ULA's live video.

In central Florida?

Atlas V launch from Cape Canaveral. [Ifyou'reunderclearskiesyoucanlooktothestate'seastcoasttospot19659008] If you're up for the launch, bring your smartphone and stay tuned to live updates. The coverage is available at floridatoday.com/space in your mobile browser or in the 321 LAUNCH app.

Contact Emre Kelly at aekelly@floridatoday.com or 321-242-3715. Follow us on Twitter Facebook and Instagram at @EmreKelly.

Launch Wednesday:

  • Rocket: ULA Atlas V
  • Mission: Air Force's AEHF-4
  • Launch Time: 12: 15 am
  • Window: To 2:15 am
  • Launch Complex: 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
  • Weather: 80 percent "go"

Join floridatoday.com/space for countdown updates and chat at 11:30 pm Tuesday, including streaming ULA's webcast starting about 20 minutes before liftoff.

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