ULA Rocket Carrying US Spy Satellite Is Launched Into Orbit

first_img A United Launch Alliance (ULA) rocket carrying a U.S. spy satellite was successfully launched into orbit on Saturday.ULA announced the news in a press release, and said the Delta IV Heavy rocket, which contained an important payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) dubbed NROL-71, blasted off from ULA’s Space Launch Complex in California at 11:10 a.m. PST. With this rocket, the U.S. government can elevate national defense efforts in space.The Delta IV Heavy is a heavy lift launch vehicle that delivered high-priority missions for NASA, the U.S. Air Force, and the NRO. It can carry more than 14,000 pounds directly to geosynchronous orbit, making it a top rocket for launching government satellites into space.The mission initially launched on a Delta IV Heavy, which had three common booster cores that were powered by an Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-68A liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engine. The second stage of the mission involved an AR RL10B-2 liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engine.NROL-71 was ULA’s first launch of the year, and the company’s 132nd successful launch since 2006. ULA’s next scheduled launch is the U.S. Air Force’s WGS-10 mission. The launch, which will use another powerful Delta IV rocket, is set to take place on March 13 at Space Launch Complex-37 in Florida.More on Geek.com:Japan Sends Satellite Into Space to Deliver Artifical Meteor ShowerSaturn’s Rings Are Younger Than the Planet They OrbitHubble Space Telescope Should Last At Least 5 More Years Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend last_img read more