Delta IV heavy launch: the second most powerful spy satellite in the world

Delta 4 Heavy Rocket, as a backdrop for a 3D Cape Canaveral projection.

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After months of delay, one of the biggest rockets in business today finally took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Thursday in The National Security Mission of the US National Reconnaissance Office.

The United Launch Alliance’s Delta 4 heavy missile carried a spy satellite into orbit on a mission called NROL-44.

The launch was originally scheduled to take place on August 26, but has been deleted several times, most recently on September 29, due to technical problems with the equipment on the launch pad, as well as due to weather. The missile took off in the dark evening sky after 5:09 PM PDT (8:09 PM EDT).

Delta IV Heavy performed other NRO missions and dispatched as well Parker Solar Probe On its way to clear our sun.

Delta IV Heavy lift capacity is second only to the SpaceX Falcon Heavy. It’s similar to the Falcon Heavy, with its three primary boosters that make up its main body.

Unlike SpaceX, ULA does not attempt to land delta boosters. Instead they were spent and fell into the Atlantic Ocean.

Another Delta 4 missile carrying another spy satellite for the US National Reconnaissance Office is expected to be launched in early 2021, this time from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.


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