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News Archive / Tagged: Delta IV Heavy

  • ‘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.

  • Parker Solar Probe becomes closest spacecraft to Sun

    Derek RichardsonOctober 30th, 2018

    Just 11 weeks after launch, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has already beaten the record for the closest spacecraft to the Sun—and it’s only going to get closer.

  • Gallery: Flight to light – ULA sends Parker Solar Probe toward the Sun

    Jason RhianAugust 12th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- United Launch Alliance sent NASA's Parker Solar Probe spacecraft on its way to "touch the surface of the Sun" (our parent star's coronasphere) on Sunday, Aug. 12. The launch service provider had about an hour in which to get the rocket and its precious cargo off the launch pad at Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 37. However, the Colorado-based firm managed to get the mission underway at the very opening of the window at 3:31 a.m. EDT (7:31 GMT). 

  • Thundering toward light: NASA’s Parker Solar Probe begins journey to Sun

    Michael ColeAugust 12th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA's long-awaited Parker Solar Probe launched thunderously into the night sky atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket in the early morning hours of Aug. 12. Its goal? To unlock the secrets of Earth's parent star.

  • Technical issues plague 1st launch attempt of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe

    Derek RichardsonAugust 11th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s mission to touch the Sun, the Parker Solar Probe, will have to wait at least one more day as various technical issues with the Delta IV Heavy rocket ultimately led to a scrub of the Aug. 11, 2018, attempt.

  • Parker Solar Probe stands ready to be propelled into the face of the Sun

    Michael ColeAugust 9th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- NASA's Parker Solar Probe (PSP) is edging closer to its long-awaited launch, scheduled no earlier than (NET) 3:33 a.m. EDT (19:33 GMT) on Saturday, August 11. The spacecraft will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 37B (SLC-37B) atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket on its mission to study the Sun's corona and the solar wind.

  • NASA’s Parker Solar Probe attached to Delta IV Heavy rocket

    Jim SharkeyAugust 2nd, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A spacecraft that has been designed and built to "touch the Sun" has completed two critical milestones that place it one step closer to flight.

  • NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission slips 5 days

    Jason RhianJuly 24th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA's mission to "touch the Sun" will have to wait a couple more days before blazing a trail toward Earth's parent star. The space agency said Tuesday that more inspection time is needed for the Parker Solar Probe.

  • Launch of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe delayed

    Jason RhianJuly 18th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- NASA announced on Wednesday, July 18 that the launch of the agency's Parker Solar Probe mission, which is designed to "touch" the Sun - had been delayed an additional two days. 

  • Parker Solar Probe heat shield installed

    Curt GodwinJuly 7th, 2018

    Engineers from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab recently attached the Parker Solar Probe's 160-pound (72.6-kilogram) thermal protection system, or heat shield, to the body of the spacecraft in preparation for its launch, scheduled for no earlier than Aug. 4, 2018.

  • Parker Solar Probe Arrives in Florida

    Christopher PaulApril 13th, 2018

    NASA's Parker Solar Probe has been delivered to an Astrotech Space Operations-owned facility in Titusville, Florida, to begin final preparations before its launch this summer, the U.S. space agency said.

  • Parker Solar Probe prepped for delivery to Kennedy Space Center

    Michael ColeMarch 31st, 2018

    GREENBELT, MD -- NASA's Parker Solar Probe (PSP) is getting ready for its flight to space. The spacecraft is currently scheduled for launch in July or August of this year (2018). PSP is NASA's long-awaited mission to explore the Sun's corona and is designed to discover more about the solar wind, and learn how conditions there interact to create space weather.

  • Photo Gallery: Launch of NROL-37 on Delta IV Heavy

    Mike DeepJune 16th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — This past Saturday, the most powerful Delta IV launched a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. Spaceflight Insider called all hands on deck to capture this rare and spectacular event. The next Delta IV Heavy is scheduled to launch no sooner than 2018.

  • Video: SFI launch highlights for ULA Delta IV Heavy with NROL-37

    Jason RhianJune 12th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceFlight Insider has covered a vast array of missions – and each is different. However, the flight of a satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) has to go on record as being one of the louder missions our team of trained professionals has heard – and the video our team of professionals has captured is no less stunning.