Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

ULA launches spy satellite launch from California

ULA launches spy satellite launch from California

It performs launch services for the USA government at Vandenberg and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The United Launch Alliance scheduled to launch a rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The Delta IV medium rocket will carry a national security payload designed, built and operated by the NRO, the agency said. The Delta IV rocket was supposed to take off today at 4PM ET, but ULA said it's working on a technical issue that's delaying the launch. A single RL10B-2 liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engine powered the second stage. The launch will be broadcast live on the ULA website as well as on YouTube.

While details about the payload are classified, groups of amateur satellite trackers can use clues to narrow down the nature of the satellite, including its likely orbit and technology.

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It was the West Coast's first mission of 2018. The common booster core was powered by an RS-68A liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engine. It marked the 27th NRO launch by United Launch Alliance, which is a Colorado-based aerospace partnership between Lockheed Martin and Boeing. It was also the 36 flight of the Delta IV rocket since its inaugural launch in 2002. "Aerojet Rocketdyne employees across the country work hard to ensure 100 percent mission success, and our role in yet another launch for the National Reconnaissance Office demonstrates the trust and confidence in our propulsion".

"This was an incredibly important launch for the 30th Space Wing and our mission partners", Wood said.

Jim Sharkey is a lab assistant, writer and general science enthusiast who grew up in Enid, Oklahoma, the hometown of Skylab and Shuttle astronaut Owen K. Garriott.

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