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Rocket Launched Successfully on Friday

14 January 2018, 12:30 | Hattie Nash

Spy Satellite To Launch From California's Vandenberg AFB

Watch a Delta IV rocket launch a secret satellite to space

The launch of a rocket carrying a national security satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base that was delayed multiple times this week is expected Friday shortly after 2 p.m.

Founded in 2006, ULA is a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin. "The forecast shows a 90% chance of favourable weather conditions for launch".

The launch of the new classified reconnaissance satellite has been much anticipated - as it has been delayed several times.

The latest spy satellite mission was ULA's fits flight of 2018, and also it was the 27th successful mission of ULA for the NRO.

The top secret NRO missions are generally classified - so it is unclear what specifically the satellite will be doing on its orbit around earth. While it's no longer a secret, it does still use its systems to collect information and "Play a crucial role in providing global communications, precision navigation, early warning of missile launches and potential military aggression, signals intelligence, and near real-time imagery to USA forces to support the war on terrorism and other continuing operations", according to the NRO site.

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The launch will happen at Space Launch Complex-6, which sits about 140 miles west of downtown Los Angeles.

Col. Greg Wood, 30th Space Wing vice commander, was the space launch commander. The rocket is a "5, 2" variant and it featured a 5-meter-wide (16.5 feet) payload fairing, as reported by Space.com. The booster and upper stage engines are both built by Aerojet Rocketdyne. These have been used on the Delta IV since its initial flight in 2002.

ULA said: "The ULA #DeltaIV #NROL47" launch for the @NatReconOfc was scrubbed today due to an issue with a ground system valve.

The EELV program was established by the U.S. Air Force to provide assured access to space for Department of Defense and other government payloads. The NRO publicized the launch with generic tweets, saying the mission was the first of two planned by the agency this year.

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