Delta-4 Heavy rocket launch scrubbed Thursday rescheduled

Update 8:52 a.m.: The Delta-4 Heavy rocket launch has been rescheduled for Saturday with a launch window opening at 1:51 p.m. The live broadcast will begin at 1:31 p.m.

The launch, which is happening at Cape Canaveral, was cancelled Thursday because of stormy weather.

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United Launch Alliance’s impressive Delta-4 Heavy rocket is scheduled to launch today from Cape Canaveral with the national defense surveillance satellite NROL-37.

Courtesy Wikipedia.

Courtesy Wikipedia.

The launch, scheduled for 1:59 p.m. will be broadcast live on ULA’s website beginning at 1:39 p.m.

The Delta-4 Heavy is the largest of a family of expendable workhorse rockets, using two additional rocket booster cores operating at full thrust during liftoff.

It is the most powerful version of the Delta IV rockets.

A launch was originally scheduled for June 5, but had to be postponed because of a “last minute unspecified payload issue,” according to Universe Today.

The launch of the spy satellite Thursday will be the 32nd Delta 4 mission since the rocket’s inaugural launch in 2002.

The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) was formed in 1960 at the recommendation of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

2013 mission patch from NROL launch

2013 mission patch from NROL launch

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