Watch ULA Kick Off 2018 With a Spy Satellite Launch

Watch ULA Kick Off 2018 With a Spy Satellite Launch

The third time was the charm for United Launch Alliance and its twice-delayed NROL-47 mission.

"ULA and the NRO [National Reconnaissance Office] will be hoping for a better outcome as reports emerged that Zuma was likely met with an untimely demise shortly after arriving in orbit", ULA stated in a press release.

Officials with the ULA stated that they will try again on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 1 p.m. PST. The Delta IV medium rocket will carry a national security payload designed, built and operated by the NRO, the agency said. It performs launch services for the USA government at Vandenberg and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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The release called Friday's launch an attempt "to replenish the United States spy satellite fleet". The launch was then delayed by about an hour due to a ground system helium issue.

Additionally, Orbital ATK manufactured the propellant tank for the Delta IV upper stage roll control system at the company's Commerce, California, facility, and designed and manufactured the nozzle for the Delta IV's RS-68A engine at its Promontory, Utah, facility. It was also the 36 flight of the Delta IV rocket since its inaugural launch in 2002. "The entire team - the 30th Space Wing, the National Reconnaissance Office, United Launch Alliance, and others - worked hand-in-hand to ensure this launch was safe and successful". At present, that mission is scheduled to get underway on Thursday, Jan. 18 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 located in Floridae launch is scheduled for Jan. 18 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Jim began blogging about science, science fiction and futurism in 2004.

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