Delta 4 rocket launches spy satellite into space

Watch a Delta IV rocket launch a secret satellite to space

However, this was not the only variable thrown at the launch team with an issue with a ground system valve forcing mission managers to call a scrub for the Thursday, Jan. 11 launch attempt (s) as well.

Five days after a presumed spy satellite was lost following launch from Florida, another clandestine satellite, this one owned by the National Reconnaissance Office, was boosted into space Friday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Coverage will begin at 3:40 p.m. ET.

The scheduled ULA launch comes less than a week after SpaceX launched a mysterious Zuma payload for the United States government and allegedly failed to deliver it to orbit.

Manchester based company Starchaser has successfully launched a research rocket and now aims to rocket tourists into space by 2022.

It was initially scheduled to launch on January 10 and later January 11, but was delayed twice due to weather conditions and technical issues.




The Delta IV family of launch vehicles combines design simplicity, manufacturing efficiency, and streamlined mission and vehicle integration to meet customer requirements to launch high-priority U.S. Air Force (USAF), National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), NASA, and commercial payloads to orbit.

With more than a century of combined heritage, United Launch Alliance is the nation's most experienced and reliable launch service provider.

The same policy was in place last Sunday when SpaceX launched a classified satellite known as Zuma atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. The name of the spy satellite is NROL-47, and it is a classified mission. "Latest weather briefing shows an 80% chance of favorable weather".

If the weather permits it - you can also watch the launch directly from the ULA website with commentary.

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