Delta IV Heavy Launch Re-Rescheduled for Tuesday

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A Delta IV takes off from Space Launch Complex 6 at Vandenberg AFB on June 27, 2006 (Photo: U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Quinton Russ)

Update by Vandenberg Air Force Base
December 13, 2018

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy carrying the NROL-71 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office is set to launch on Tuesday, Dec. 18. The mission will lift off on a Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The launch time is 5:57 p.m. PST.

Further details will be provided regarding remote camera set up and launch coverage.


Update by Vandenberg Air Force Base
December 8, 2018
 
The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy carrying the NROL-71 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office was scrubbed today due to an unexpected condition during terminal count at approximately 7.5 seconds before liftoff. The team is currently reviewing all data and will determine the path forward. A new launch date will be provided when available.

Update by Vandenberg Air Force Base
December 7, 2018

The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy carrying the NROL-71 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office was scrubbed today due to an issue with a redundant communication link between the control center and the launch site.   

The team is prepping for a 24-hour turn around on Saturday, Dec. 8, from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The forecast shows a 60 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch. The launch time is 8:06 p.m. PT.

 


Source: Vandenberg Air Force Base
December 6, 2018

Team Vandenberg is scheduled to support the launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload from Space Launch Complex-6 on Friday, Dec. 7, with a launch window opening at 8:19 p.m. PST.  

Col. Bob Reeves, 30th Space Vice Wing commander, will be the space launch commander. 

"Team V has put in a lot of hard work for this launch," said Reeves. "We are dedicated to mission success and proud to work alongside United Launch Alliance and the National Reconnaissance Office."

The 4th Space Launch Squadron executes integrated launch operations with a focus on mission assurance for this spacelift mission.  

"Every mission is unique and this Delta IV Heavy launch is a prime example of teamwork with a laser focus on mission success," said Lt. Col. Kenneth Decker, 4th SLS commander and Air Force Launch Director for the mission.

"Our mission assurance technicians and engineers have worked diligently with United Launch Alliance and the other mission partners to reduce risk in order to assure mission safety and security.  The men and women of the 4 SLS are proud to contribute to this important mission."

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a-1545026023 Dec 14, 2018 03:13 PM
Delta IV Heavy Launch Re-Rescheduled for Tuesday

This launch on Tuesday the 18th at 5:57 pm will produce a guaranteed amazing, bright contrail in the dark sky that will be seen all the way to San Diego. Have your camera ready! Pro tip: If you have a smartphone, log into the live launch (https://www.ulalaunch.com/missions/delta-iv-nrol-71) minutes prior so you can follow on screen and know exactly what's going on with the launch.

EastBeach Dec 09, 2018 03:58 PM
Delta IV Heavy Launch Re-Rescheduled for Tuesday

I noticed someone nearby had a star tracker for their digital SLR. Nice way to keep blurry stars out of your night sky photos. I've seen them for telescopes but I shouldn't have been surprised photogs are also using them. Example .......... https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1332922-REG/ioptron_3550_skyguider_pro_camera_mount.html/?ap=y&gclid=CjwKCAiAl7PgBRBWEiwAzFhmmvrmLxecivwHYmbcug-NXD9IYYjEXpL33GMLL7SYK3I_E_h_-BmD9RoCpAwQAvD_BwE&lsft=BI%3A514&smp=Y

a-1545026023 Dec 09, 2018 02:27 PM
Delta IV Heavy Launch Re-Rescheduled for Tuesday

We were out on our deck on Friday night waiting for the original launch. After waiting for about 45 minutes in the cold air we figured that maybe we got the time wrong, or that maybe the launch was delayed. As it turns out, of course, the launch was delayed until last night. Well, last night we were at a party that had incredible food, live music, and lots of liquid merriment. Then we remembered that the launch was going to happen, so we got in our SUV, and headed home where we have an outdoor deck that is in the perfect position to see most of the Vandenburg launches. We were a bit cold, but knew that the launch was going to be spectacular.....we waited, and waited.....and waited....nothing. We were so disappointed that we had wasted so much time over two nights waiting for nothing to happen. Not sure if or when they are going to schedule the relaunch, but we plan to give it a pass as we're not willing to stand outside again while they "scrub" another launch. Guess we'll have to watch it on Youtube or read about it somewhere else.

EastBeach Dec 09, 2018 03:50 PM
Delta IV Heavy Launch Re-Rescheduled for Tuesday

Next time you can use the ULA link provided by John Wiley below on your cell phone to monitor live the minutes leading to the launch. Then you'll know if there's a delay or scrub right away. We were near Camino Cielo with three other groups of people. Two groups had cell coverage so we got the live launch status. SpaceX also has a live link for their launches.

Shasta Guy Dec 09, 2018 12:56 PM
Delta IV Heavy Launch Re-Rescheduled for Tuesday

Thanks everyone for your up to minute postings last night. I was a bit preoccupied with son’s birthday party winding down when I remembered about the launch at 8:30. I was ready to call everyone outside to watch it while refreshing Edhat on my iPhone at my street corner until I read the post that it was scrubbed. Launches like these make it look like a sunrise is happening while looking up Garden St.

John Wiley Dec 07, 2018 05:59 PM
Delta IV Heavy Launch Re-Rescheduled for Tuesday

From ULA site: - - 5:28 p.m. PST (8:28 p.m. EST; 0128 UTC) - - (Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Dec. 7, 2018) – The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy carrying the NROL-71 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office was scrubbed today due to an issue with a redundant communication link between the control center and the launch site. - - The team is prepping for a 24-hour turn around on Saturday, Dec. 8, from Space Launch Complex 6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The forecast shows a 60 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch. The launch time is 8:06 p.m. PT.

John Wiley Dec 07, 2018 06:02 PM
Delta IV Heavy Launch Re-Rescheduled for Tuesday

Yes, my guess is it will be cool to watch the brilliant flame when it clears the horizon. Maybe being 22 minutes earlier the trail will enter sunlight and put on a show when it nears orbit? Anyone here know the launch path and geometry of that offhand?

CoastWatch Dec 06, 2018 09:42 AM
Delta IV Heavy Launch Re-Rescheduled for Tuesday

These launches are so great for Lompoc. We are fortunate that we can see these SpaceX and United Launch blast-offs so close to home... If you can, go up on Harris Grade and watch one.

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