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Delta 4 Lifts Off With Spy Satellite On Board
2012-04-05 08:33:37

United Launch Alliance (ULA) launched a Delta 4 rocket at 4:12 p.m. (7:12 p.m. EDT) Tuesday, April 3 from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, carrying a surreptitious spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) -- a division of the US military. The launch was a success, but only after several delays due to inclement weather and a technical issue. Initially scheduled to lift off five days earlier, the 20-story-high Delta 4 rocket climbed into...

Image 1 - Aiming For An Open Window
2012-02-25 05:21:19

Why does NASA sometimes schedule a rocket launch for the middle of the night, or aim for a liftoff time when weather is notoriously unlikely to cooperate? The simplicity of the question belies the complexity of the answer. The best time to start a mission is based on a blend of factors: the flight's target and goals, the needs of the spacecraft, the type of rocket, and the desired trajectory, which refers to the path the vehicle and spacecraft must take to successfully start the mission....

US Air Force Launches New Military Satellite
2012-01-20 12:24:34

The U.S. Air Force launched a high-speed broadband communications satellite onboard an unmanned heavy-lift Delta IV rocket on Thursday. The 217-foot-long rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carrying the $464-million spacecraft successfully into orbit. It was United Launch Alliance's (ULA) first launch of the year, and 18th launch of the Delta IV vehicle. "We are honored to have worked closely with our Air Force and mission partners to enable today's successful...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.