Archive Photo Credit: ULA
United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully completed its first flight of 2018 on Friday, January 12, two days after high grounds forced the scrubbing of the initial launch attempt and one day after a ground system valve forced a second scrub.
A ULA Delta IV Medium+(5,2) carrying the classified NROL-47 payload lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base’s Space Launch Complex 6 at 2:11 p.m. PST (5:11 p.m. EST). The mission was ULA’s 27th flight for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and the 36th flight of the Delta IV rocket, which first flew in 2002. This flight marked the first of 2018 for ULA.
The NROL-47 mission logo. Image Credit: United Launch Alliance
“As the nation’s most trustworthy launch provider, today’s launch exemplifies ULA’s ongoing commitment to 100 percent mission success,” said Will Crawford, ULA’s NRO program manager via a release. “My sincere thanks to the entire ULA team and our mission partners at the NRO and U.S. Air Force who made this, our 27th NRO launch, possible.”
The NRO is the U.S, Government agency in charge of designing, building, launching and maintaining America’s fleet of intelligence satellites. The agency was formed in 1961 and was declassified ...