Watch ULA Kick Off 2018 With a Spy Satellite Launch


It marked the 27th NRO launch by United Launch Alliance, which is a Colorado-based aerospace partnership between Lockheed Martin and Boeing.

It was the West Coast's first mission of 2018.

The NROL-47 mission logo.

"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.

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

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The release called Friday's launch an attempt "to replenish the U.S. spy satellite fleet". The agency was formed in 1961 and was declassified to the public in 1992.

As usual with classified payloads, no details about the NROL-47 satellite were released. NROL-47 will join the Future Imagery Architecture (FIA) satellite constellation, which flies under the code name Topaz.

The latest rocket launch was scrubbed due to rain Wednesday and canceled again Thursday. The launch was then delayed by about an hour due to a ground system helium issue.

The Delta IV carrying NROL-47 rises into the California sky on January 12, 2018.

The United Launch Alliance rocket, at a height of 217 feet, blasted off at 2:11 p.m. from Space Launch Complex-6 near the southern edge of the base.

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The Delta IV launch system is available in five configurations: the Delta IV Medium (Delta IV M), three variants of the Delta IV Medium-Plus (Delta IV M+), and the Delta IV Heavy (Delta IV H). The common booster core was powered by an RS-68A liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engine.

Col. Greg Wood, 30th Space Wing vice commander, was the launch commander.

Orbital ATK provided two 60-inch diameter Graphite Epoxy Motors (GEM 60) for the Delta IV rocket. They burned for about 90 seconds and provided more than 560,000 pounds of thrust. The booster and upper stage engines are both built by Aerojet Rocketdyne. It was also the 36 flight of the Delta IV rocket since its inaugural launch in 2002.

Yesterday, weather and other technical issues forced a delay. ULA, a partnership between Boeing and Lockheed Martin, also builds Atlas 5 rockets, which flew six times previous year.

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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While his academic studies have ranged from psychology and archaeology to biology, he has never lost his passion for space exploration.