United Launch Alliance's Rocket With National Reconnaissance Payload

United Launch Alliance Delta IV Medium+ with NROL-47 at Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex 6

Thursday's delays were due to an issue with a ground system valve, according to ULA, which had also earlier reported issues with swing arms, which connect parts of the rocket to the launchpad and typically move away from the vehicle between ignition and liftoff.

For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at www.ulalaunch.com, or call the ULA Launch Hotline at 1-877-ULA-4321 (852-4321). The Delta IV rocket is supposed to launch the NROL-47 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office, according to ULA. Thursday's launch will be ULA's 27th for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

Founded in 2006, ULA is a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin. This flight marked the first of 2018 for ULA.

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The Delta IV launch system is available in five configurations: the Delta IV Medium (Delta IV M), three variants of the Delta IV Medium-Plus (Delta IV M+), and the Delta IV Heavy (Delta IV H).

Colonel Greg Wood, 30th Space Wing vice commander, said: "We are ready and eager to take on this Delta launch". They burned for about 90 seconds and provided more than 560,000 pounds of thrust.

Additionally, Orbital ATK manufactured the propellant tank for the Delta IV upper stage roll control system at the company's Commerce, California, facility, and designed and manufactured the nozzle for the Delta IV's RS-68A engine at its Promontory, Utah, facility. "We are proud to provide this national defense capability and every Team V member involved has tirelessly worked to ensure the launch is safe and successful".

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