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Dec. 10 Live Broadcast: Delta IV Heavy NROL-44

Watch live as ULA's Delta IV Heavy rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral with the NROL-44 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Launch is sche...

Sept. 25-26 Live Broadcast: Delta IV Heavy NROL-44

Watch live as ULA's Delta IV Heavy rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral with the NROL-44 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Launch is sche...

Aug. 26 Live Broadcast: Delta IV Heavy NROL-44

Watch live as ULA's Delta IV Heavy rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral with the NROL-44 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). The launch is ...

Delta IV Heavy NROL-44- United Launch Alliance (ULA) Rocket Launch

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket will launch the NROL-44 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office.

NROL-44

Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Government/Top Secret

Low Earth Orbit Space Launch Complex 37B Cape Canaveral, FL, USA Probability: 100% #NROL44

Classified payload for NRO.

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Updates


SwGustav • Dec. 10, 2020, 9:30 p.m.

T-0 to 01:09 UTC


SwGustav • Dec. 10, 2020, 8:29 p.m.

weather 100% go


Delta IV Heavy

Family: Delta
Configuration: Heavy

The Delta IV Heavy (Delta 9250H) is an expendable heavy-lift launch vehicle, the largest type of the Delta IV family, and is the world's second highest-capacity rocket in operation. It is manufactured by United Launch Alliance and was first launched in 2004.

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Specifications
  • Stages
    2
  • Length
    72.0 m
  • Diameter
    5.0 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    733 T
  • Thrust
    8674 kN
Family
  • Name
    Delta IV Heavy
  • Family
    Delta
  • Variant
    Heavy
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Delta IV Heavy
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $$350M
  • Low Earth Orbit
    28370 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    14210 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
    14500 kg
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

United Launch Alliance

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CEO: Tory Bruno Founded: 2006 Successes: 242 Failures: 3 Pending: 20

Agency Type: Commercial

United Launch Alliance (ULA) is a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security. ULA was formed in December 2006 by combining the teams at these companies which provide spacecraft launch services to the government of the United States. ULA launches from both coasts of the US. They launch their Atlas V vehicle from LC-41 in Cape Canaveral and LC-3E at Vandeberg. Their Delta IV launches from LC-37 at Cape Canaveral and LC-6 at Vandenberg.

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