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News Archive / Tagged: Delta IV

  • Classified NROL-47 mission launches from Vandenberg

    Jim SharkeyJanuary 12th, 2018

    United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully completed its first flight of 2018 on Friday, January 12, two days after high ground winds forced the scrubbing of the initial launch attempt and one day after a ground system valve forced a second scrub.

  • Launch of Delta IV with NROL-47 scrubbed for second day in a row

    Jason RhianJanuary 11th, 2018

    United Launch Alliance scrubbed the second launch attempt of a Delta IV Medium+ (5,2) with the classified NROL-47 for the National Reconnaissance Office. However, the reason for today's scrub differed from the prior day's attempt.

  • Launch of ULA Delta IV Medium+(5,2) scrubbed

    Jason RhianJanuary 10th, 2018

    Colorado-based United Launch Alliance (ULA) will have to wait a little longer to conduct its first flight of 2018. Weather at the launch site forced a scrub for the launch of a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office.

  • Launch of ULA Delta IV rocket with NROL-47 delayed

    Collin SkocikDecember 7th, 2017

    The launch of a Delta IV rocket carrying the NROL-47 payload for the National Reconnaissance Office has been delayed until no earlier than Jan. 10, 2018, in order to perform additional validation of the software and systems associated with Common Avionics. The launch was originally scheduled for Dec. 13, 2017, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

  • Insider Exclusive: America’s ‘Booster Belt’ Part Two – Decatur

    Jason RhianNovember 21st, 2017

    DECATUR, Ala. -- Located near the Tennessee River, ULA's Decatur facility is where its Atlas V and Delta IV rockets are assembled and where the Vulcan launch system is coming together. Situated on some 35 acres, the 1.6 million-square-foot facility is so massive that its roughly 1,000 employees get around on golf carts and bicycles. It was day two of our tour and we were looking forward to learning more about the aerospace workers that produce some of the nation's rockets.

  • Insider Exclusive: America’s ‘Booster Belt’ – Part One

    Jason RhianNovember 20th, 2017

    IUKA, Miss. -- We only knew that we were traveling to see where rocket components and rockets were made - and little else. SpaceFlight Insider photographer, Vikash Mahadeo, who accompanied me on our week-long foray to several rocket manufacturing facilities along with myself were as prepared as we could be - but we had no idea what to expect. What followed was an experience that would redefine the way we looked at space flight.

  • Delta IV launches WGS-9 to expand defense communications

    Bart LeahyMarch 18th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After a number of postponements, and a technical glitch at T-minus 4 minutes, United Launch Alliance's (ULA) Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) rocket finally got off the ground with the Department of Defense's ninth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite (WGS-9). The after twilight launch took place at 8:18 p.m. EDT March 18 (00:18 GMT March 19), 2017, from Space Launch Complex 37.

  • ULA to launch WGS-9 comsat to continue updating defense communications

    Bart LeahyMarch 16th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After a delay of more than one week, United Launch Alliance (ULA) is preparing to launch the ninth planned Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9) spacecraft aboard a Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex (SLC) 37 on March 18, 2017.

  • Traffic Jam: Space Coast could see 3 launches in 8 days

    Bart LeahyMarch 12th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Three different rockets are expected to take to the skies from the Space Coast in as little as eight days. March 2017 is expected to be a busy month in a year that could see as many as 30 rockets lift off from one of the busiest spaceports in the world.

  • Launch of WGS-9 moves to NET March 17

    Jason RhianMarch 11th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — United Launch Alliance announced Saturday, March 11, that the Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) rocket carrying the ninth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite would lift off no earlier than March 17. The reason provided was Eastern Range availability.

  • Photo Gallery: Delta IV rocket launches WGS-8

    Mike DeepDecember 9th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Lighting up the dark Floridian skies Dec. 7, 2016, on its journey into space, United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) rocket sent the newest member of the U.S. Air Force's Wideband Global SATCOM constellation, WGS-8, into orbit.

  • ULA launches WGS-8 military communications satellite to orbit

    Curt GodwinDecember 7th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — ULA successfully delivered the latest member of the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) constellation to orbit. The launch of WGS-8 occurred on-time with liftoff commencing at 6:53 p.m. EST (23:53 GMT) Dec. 7, 2016, precisely at the opening of its 49-minute launch window.

  • SFI Live: Launch coverage of ULA Delta IV Medium+ 5,4 with WGS-8

    Jason RhianDecember 7th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — United Launch Alliance (ULA) is set to unleash a Delta IV Medium+ 5,4 rocket from Cape Canaveral's SLC-37 in Florida. The payload for this flight will be the eighth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-8) satellite. The Delta IV will be launched to send the spacecraft into a supersynchronous transfer orbit. SpaceFlight Insider's live webcast will begin at 6:30 p.m. EST.

  • December shaping up to be a busy month for rocket flights

    Joe LatrellDecember 2nd, 2016

    December is shaping up to be a very busy launch month for the U.S. On the East Coast, three different satellites are expected to take to the skies, providing improved services and weather monitoring. Additionally, on the West Coast, SpaceX hopes to fly their Falcon 9 after being grounded for over three months.

  • Photo Gallery: Delta IV launches next round of GSSAP satellites

    Mike DeepAugust 21st, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Those who feel the U.S. has gotten out of the launch business - would have experienced an education between August 14-19. During this period, not one but two missions got their start from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.