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    Delta IV rocket launches from Cape Canaveral

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    SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Kennedy Space Center

  • Falcon 9 blasts off from KSC, lands at Cape

    Falcon 9 blasts off from KSC, lands at Cape

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    Atlas V rocket blasts off with missile detection satellite

Weather conditions are expected to be favorable for the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center on Friday despite the presence of Tropical Storm Cindy in the Gulf of Mexico.

Forecasters with the Air Force’s 45th Weather Squadron on Tuesday said conditions for the 2:10 p.m. launch from pad 39A with the BulgariaSat-1 communications satellite are 90 percent “go” with cumulus clouds being the only concern. Conditions drop slightly to 80 percent “go” if the launch is delayed to Saturday.

The mission was delayed from Monday due to a technical issue with a fairing valve, according to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. Fairings, affixed to the top of rockets, are protective structures that encapsulate spacecraft and separate after launch.

“Postponing launch to replace fairing pneumatic valve,” Musk said via Twitter. “It is dual redundant, but not worth taking a chance.”

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In the Gulf, the National Hurricane Center is monitoring Tropical Storm Cindy, a system that has initiated storm watches and warnings for portions of the Texas coast and the entirety of the Louisiana coast. Air Force weather officials do not expect the system to significantly impact launch probabilities.

“For Friday, as the aforementioned tropical disturbance tracks farther northward and inland along the Gulf States, an upper-level high and associated dry air will build over the Florida peninsula producing favorable conditions for about 48 hours,” the 45th Weather Squadron said.

Hurricane center forecasters Tuesday afternoon said the system had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and its strength was expected to remain about the same through Thursday.