Thursday, 18 January, 2018

Delta IV Rocket Launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base called off Thursday

Watch a Delta IV rocket launch a secret satellite to space Spy Satellite To Launch From California's Vandenberg AFB
Delores Daniels | 14 January, 2018, 00:30

Thursday's attempt was scrubbed "due to an issue with a ground system valve". Orbital ATK produced the solid rocket motors at its facilities in Magna and Clearfield, Utah, where it has manufactured GEM-60s for the Delta IV launch vehicle since the initial flight in 2002.

The launch is planned for Friday, Jan. 12, from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Jason Rhian spent several years honing his skills with internships at NASA, the National Space Society and other organizations.

The U.S. Department of Defense was set to launch a new spy satellite Thursday from California.

As usual with classified payloads, no details about the NROL-47 satellite were released.

"We are ready and eager to take on this Delta launch", Col. Greg Wood, launch commander and vice commander of the Air Force's 30th Space Wing, said in a statement earlier this week.

ULA was expecting to launch at 1:55 p.m., but the anomalies kept pushing the rocket launch back.

"The 4th Space Launch Squadron's mission assurance technicians, engineers, and program managers are laser-focused on ensuring that all flight hardware, infrastructure, and facilities are ready to go for launch", said Maj. As usual with classified launchings, no details were provided about the satellite payload or its intended orbit.

Last weekend, a top secret government spacecraft launched by SpaceX reportedly failed to achieve a stable orbit. "This will be the first of two launches scheduled for NRO in 2018".

Manchester based company Starchaser has successfully launched a research rocket and now aims to rocket tourists into space by 2022. Coverage will begin at 3:40 p.m. ET.

If the weather permits it - you can also watch the launch directly from the ULA website with commentary.

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