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News Archive / Tagged: Delta IV Heavy

  • ULA announces new launch date for NROL-44

    Cullen DesforgesSeptember 19th, 2020

    United Launch Alliance has set September 27, 2020 as the target date for the third launch attempt of the NROL-44 payload aboard their Delta IV Heavy Rocket, due to launch at 12:10 a.m. EDT. The launch window will last for approximately 90 minutes.

  • Update from ULA on abort event, status of NROL-44 payload

    Sean CostelloAugust 29th, 2020

      United Launch Alliance (ULA) provided SpaceFlight Insider with additional insight and detail regarding the current status of the NROL-44 payload, launch vehicle and the efficacy of their Delta IV Heavy auto-launch system.

  • Hot Fire Abort safely keeps Delta IV Heavy, NROL-44 on the ground

    Sean CostelloAugust 29th, 2020

    A hot fire abort was called at T-3 seconds, after ignition of engines aboard the Delta IV Heavy but prior to the vehicle being released for flight.

  • NROL-44 slips to Saturday, weather remains 80% go

    Sean CostelloAugust 27th, 2020

    The launch of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy NROL-44 mission is now set for Sat., Aug. 29.

  • 24-hour scrub leaves Delta IV and NROL-44 on the pad at SLC-37

    Theresa CrossAugust 27th, 2020

    This morning’s planned launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta lV Heavy rocket, set to carry the NROL-44 mission, was scrubbed while the countdown was in a planned hold at T-minus 4 hours and 15 minutes.

  • ULA set to launch mission for National Reconnaissance Office

    Matt HaskellAugust 26th, 2020

    United Launch Alliance is preparing to launch the NROL-44 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office atop their Delta IV Heavy rocket early Thursday morning. 

  • A busy week planned for the Space Coast, 3 launches in 3 days

    Theresa CrossAugust 25th, 2020

    The countdown is on for three planned launches from Cape Canaveral this week, beginning with an early morning United Launch Alliance flight scheduled for 06:12 GMT (2:21 a.m. EDT), Thursday August 27. Launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complex 37B, the triple body Delta-lV Heavy rocket (the largest of the Delta lV family) […]

  • NASA studying option to fly Orion EM-1 on commercial rockets

    Derek RichardsonMarch 14th, 2019

    The head of NASA told senators the first SLS flight would again be delayed and the agency is “considering all options” to get the program back on track.

  • NASA’s Parker Solar Probe begins 2nd orbit of the Sun

    Jim SharkeyJanuary 31st, 2019

    Parker Solar Probe is pulling back the curtains of our parent star and is well on its way to rewriting humanity's understanding of how stars work.

  • Gallery: NROL-71 mission finally gets underway

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 20th, 2019

    After several scrubbed attempts, United Launch Alliance was finally able to launch its Delta IV Heavy rocket with the secretive NROL-71 payload.

  • NROL-71 kicks off ULA’s 2019 launch manifest

    Patrick AttwellJanuary 19th, 2019

    LOMPOC, Calif. — United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully completed its first flight of 2019. Today's launch utilized the largest rocket in the Colorado-based company's arsenal to send a classified payload into space. In doing so the company finally managed to move past a saga of delays.

  • NROL-71 launch date now under review

    Jason RhianJanuary 5th, 2019

    LOMPOC, Calif. -- After numerous delays it now appears that the flight of a Delta IV Heavy rocket will be pushed back even further.

  • 2019 US launch manifest to open with Delta IV Heavy, Falcon 9 flights

    Derek RichardsonDecember 30th, 2018

    The United States' 2019 orbital launch manifest looks to be just as busy as 2018 with the first two missions of the year poised to be spillover from 2018.

  • ‘Hold hold hold’: NROL-71 mission scrubbed

    Derek RichardsonDecember 9th, 2018

    LOMPOC, Calif. — Just seconds before the planned liftoff of a Delta IV Heavy rocket with the NROL-71 payload, an automatic abort of the launch sequence was triggered.

  • Classified: A review of US defense missions launched in 2018

    Patrick AttwellDecember 5th, 2018

    LOMPOC, Calif. -- 2018 has seen five payloads launched for the Department of Defense. Two of these missions were classified and one failed. With the upcoming flight of a ULA Delta Heavy with the NROL-71, SpaceFlight Insider takes a look back at the DoD's 2018 launch manifest.