The Pegasus II mission team is still day to day in search for appropriate weather conditions to accommodate opening a launch window. It’s springtime and busy weather patterns are emerging making it more difficult to find conditions within flight and launch operating parameters. Even searching for alternative launch sites that yielded better conditions for winds aloft, have shown ground winds exceeded our operating parameters. The Pegasus II mission team must remain patient until the weather conditions give us an opportunity to make a launch window.
Today’s (Mar 18, 2016) busy weather map [Figure 1] from NOAA shows 4 high pressures and 10 low pressure in or near the United States.
Figure 1 – Mar 18, 2016
Flight Conditions near Central Illinois for Mar 21 – 25, 2016 exceed operating parameters.
Mar 21, 2016 – Radial Distance 93.77 miles
Mar 22, 2016 – Radial Distance 104.42 miles
Mar 23, 2016 – Radial Distance 117.24 miles
Mar 24, 2016 – Radial Distance 119.11 miles
Mar 25, 2016 – Radial Distance 78.68 miles (unrecoverable)