US to Launch Secret Spy Satellite Saturday

Space.com | 1/16/2019 | Staff
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The United States' newest spy satellite will finally get off the ground this weekend, if all goes according to plan.

The NROL-71 spacecraft is scheduled to launch atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on Saturday (Jan. 19) at 2:05 p.m. EST (1905 GMT; 11:05 a.m. local California time), ULA representatives announced yesterday (Jan. 15).

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You can watch the launch here at Space.com, courtesy of ULA, or directly via the company.

The mobile service tower rolls back from the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying NRO's NROL-71 mission in preparation for launch from Space Launch Complex 6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Liftoff is targeted for Jan. 19, 2018.

ULA - December - NROL-71 - Liftoff - Weather

ULA had originally targeted early December for NROL-71's liftoff, but bad weather and technical issues pushed the launch back multiple times. The most recent attempt, on Dec. 19, was nixed because of a slight hydrogen leak on the Delta IV Heavy — an issue that has taken several weeks to resolve.

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