United Launch Alliance's Rocket With National Reconnaissance Payload

Delta IV Rocket Launch Today

However, the reason for today's scrub differed from the prior day's attempt.

The Delta IV rocket will deliver a national security satellite into space as part of mission NROL-47 from the National Reconnaissance Office.

Jason Rhian spent several years honing his skills with internships at NASA, the National Space Society and other organizations. As per Space.com, the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), which builds and manages the spy satellites of the US, will operate the new classified NROL-47 satellite.

A Delta IV rocket is scheduled for launch Thursday afternoon from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the California coast.

ULA was expecting to launch at 1:55 p.m., but the anomalies kept pushing the rocket launch back. "Aerojet Rocketdyne employees across the country work hard to ensure 100 percent mission success, and our role in yet another launch for the National Reconnaissance Office demonstrates the trust and confidence in our propulsion".

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Vandenberg's 4th Space Launch Squadron assisted ULA with launch preparations.

On Sunday, a top secret government spacecraft launched by SpaceX reportedly failed to achieve a stable orbit.

In the aftermath of the alleged failure, SpaceX claimed its rocket performed as expected, implying the blame for the Zuma mission lay elsewhere. This week's launch will be ULA's 27th mission for the NRO. As a classified mission, information about the satellite and its orbit is limited. "This will be the first of two launches scheduled for NRO in 2018". The mission offers ULA a chance to show why the aerospace company remains the government's most trusted partner for top-secret missions.

Watch the launch live here.

Coverage of the launch will begin about 25 minutes prior to liftoff, or 4:30 p.m. EST.

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