Tuesday, 16 January, 2018

Rocket launch to carry spy satellites into space

Delta IV Rocket Launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base called off Thursday Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published broadcast rewritten or redistributed
Frank Williams | 13 January, 2018, 08:25

For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at www.ulalaunch.com, or call the ULA Launch Hotline at 1-877-ULA-4321 (852-4321). "My honest thanks to the entire ULA team and our mission partners at the NRO and U.S. Air Force who made this, our 27 NRO launch, possible".

The United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket with a National Reconnaissance Office payload was originally set to launch Wednesday but was then rescheduled for Thursday, when it was delayed multiple times and ultimately scrubbed due to a ground system valve problem.

"Orbital ATK is proud to support the NRO and ULA with key technologies that enable the launch of critical national defense satellites", said Charlie Precourt, Vice President and General Manager of Orbital ATK's Propulsion Systems Division.

The third time was the charm for United Launch Alliance and its twice-delayed NROL-47 mission. The NRO publicized the launch with generic tweets, saying the mission was the first of two planned by the agency this year.

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There are three variants of Delta IV M+ configuration.

The Delta IV rocket was built in Decatur, Alabama.

Col. Greg Wood, 30th Space Wing vice commander, was the launch commander. After staging, an Aerojet Rocketdyne RL10B-2 granted some 24,750 pounds of thrust, sending the Delta IV's upper stage to orbit. According to the organization's website, "together with other Defense Department satellites, the NRO systems play a crucial role in providing global communications, precision navigation, early warning of missile launches and potential military aggression, signals intelligence, and near real-time imagery to US forces to support the war on terrorism and other continuing operations". As a young Star Trek fan he participated in the letter-writing campaign which resulted in the space shuttle prototype being named Enterprise.

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