VIDEO: ULA Delta IV Rocket Successfully Lifts Off From Vandenberg Air Force Base

By  //  January 19, 2019

ABOVE VIDEO: ULA launches the NROL-71 aboard the Delta IV Heavy rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, CALIFORNIA – United Launch Alliance launched a Delta IV rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Saturday.

ULA’s Delta IV rocket has served the nation’s high-priority U.S. Air Force and National Reconnaissance Office space programs with distinction since entering service in 2002.

The vehicle also launched NASA’s Orion capsule on its first orbital test flight and sent the Parker Solar Probe on its journey to become the fastest robot in history while surfing through the sun’s atmosphere. Having flown 37 missions in a variety of configurations ranging from medium-lift to heavy-lifter, the Delta IV continues the legacy of the Delta rocket family that dates to 1960.

NROL-71 launched aboard a Delta IV Heavy rocket that features three hydrogen-fueled common booster cores and a Delta Cryogenic Second Stage. The payload is protected during atmospheric ascent by a composite payload fairing.