Space Shuttle Landing Weather Criteria
Simplified Daylight End-of-Mission (EOM) Landing at the Kennedy Space Center
Weather Parameter and Their Limits
|Cloud ceiling height||>= 8,000 ft||Visibility||>= 5 statute miles
||Crosswind||<= 15 knots
||Headwind||<= 25 knots
||Tailwind||<= 15 knots (peak)
<= 10 knots (2 minute average)
|Precipitation and thunderstorms||Not allowed within 30 nautical miles
of the landing runway.
1. No detached non-transparent thunderstorm anvil clouds (less than 3 hours old) within 20 nautical miles of the
2. Peak winds may not exceed the average wind speed by more than 10 knots.
Notes: These guidelines are for a daytime landing at the Kennedy Space Center end-of-mission
landing. Shuttle weather flight rules will vary upon landing site, day or night, runway conditions,
mission duration, runway equipment, and landing type (e.g., abort or end-of-mission).