Technology Watch a Delta IV rocket launch a secret satellite to space

02:01  12 january  2018
02:01  12 january  2018 Source:   theverge.com

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This afternoon, the United Launch Alliance is set to launch a classified spy satellite on one of its Delta IV rockets from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. This will be ULA’s first launch of 2018, and the 27th launch for the US National Reconnaissance Office

ULA successfully launched a giant Delta IV rocket this afternoon that's supposed to be carrying a secret spy satellite into space for the National Reconnaissance Office. The rocket , manufactured by the United Launch Alliance, was originally scheduled to launch on Thursday

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This afternoon, the United Launch Alliance is set to launch a classified spy satellite on one of its Delta IV rockets from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. This will be ULA’s first launch of 2018, and the 27th launch for the US National Reconnaissance Office, which operates a host of satellites used for intelligence gathering and surveillance.

The mission — dubbed NROL-47 — is classified, so we don’t know much about the payload and what it’ll be used for once in orbit. What we do know is that the NROL-47 mission patch depicts a white knight brandishing a sword at a terrifying brown dragon. A Latin phrase on the patch promises that “evil will never prevail.” This latest mission patch is part of a long tradition of just plainly weird patches that the NRO issues for each classified launch. Previous patches have included giant, three-headed monsters grasping the Earth, as well as knights and witches that seem to come out of a fantasy trilogy.

SpaceX Delays Mysterious Zuma Spacecraft Launch to Sunday

  SpaceX Delays Mysterious Zuma Spacecraft Launch to Sunday SpaceX has pushed back the launch of the mysterious Zuma spacecraftfor the U.S. government to no earlier than Sunday (Jan. 7).A Falcon 9 rocket will launch the secret Zuma mission from SpaceX's pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch window opens Sunday at 8 p.m. EST (0100 GMT).SpaceX announced the new flight target for Zuma late Thursday (Jan. 4), one day after saying that the mission, which was initially set for a Jan. 4 liftoff, was near ready to launch on Friday (Jan. 5). SpaceX representatives said additional fueling tests on the Falcon 9 were performed Wednesday and Thursday.

The Delta IV Heavy rocket launching a secret satellite to space . The world's largest rocket is set to launch a secret spy satellite to space from Florida on Saturday and you can watch it live online.

The NROL-47 launch was scheduled for January 10th, but it was scrapped because of high ground winds. The Delta IV rocket was supposed to take off today at 4PM ET, but was delayed multiple times because of technical problems. Check back here for more updates.

Update January 11th 6:12PM ET: The article has been updated multiple times to reflect launch delays.

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Returns to Earth After Space Station Delivery .
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