OSIRIS-REx is scheduled for lift-off from Space Launch Complex-41 (SLC-41) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on September 8, 2016 at 7:05 pm EDT. The daily launch window is almost two hours long, extending to 9:00 pm EDT. The entire launch window is 34 days long, extending through October 11, 2016. We certainly hope we don’t have to wait that long to get into space! Given the outstanding technical performance to date, the most likely cause of a launch delay will be due to the weather. Our ride into space is the Atlas V AV-067 launch vehicle built by the United Launch Alliance. The OSIRIS-REx launch will be the 65th Atlas V mission.
ULA has created a custom logo for the OSIRIS-REx launch.
The Atlas V 411 Configuration
Every Atlas V version has a three digit ID-Number:
First Digit: Payload Fairing diameter: 4XX – 4m Diameter; 5XX – 5.4m Diameter
Second Digit: Number of Solid Rocket Motors (0-5)
Third Digit: Number of RL-10A Engines on Centaur (1 or 2)
The 411 designation indicates that we are flying with a 4-meter payload fairing, with 1 solid rocket motor and a single-engine Centaur second stage. In its more than 10 years of ...