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Delta IV Heavy rocket on launch pad

The Delta IV Heavy rocket, serving as the backdrop for a 3D projection at Cape Canaveral. 


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Editor’s note: Today’s launch has been scrubbed. We will update with a new launch time when it becomes available.

After more than a month of delays, one of the biggest rockets in business is getting ready to blast off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on a national security mission for the US National Reconnaissance Office.

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket will carry a classified spy satellite to orbit as soon as Wednesday evening. The launch was originally scheduled for Aug. 26 but has been scrubbed multiple times due to technical problems with equipment on the launch pad.

Over the past week, technicians had to work through a problem with the swing arm retraction system and then faced more delays due to weather. 

Delta IV Heavy has performed other NRO missions and also sent the Parker Solar Probe on its way to survey our sun. 

The Delta IV Heavy’s lifting capability is second only to that of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy. It resembles the Falcon Heavy, with its three core boosters making up its main body.

Unlike SpaceX, ULA doesn’t attempt to land its Delta boosters. They will instead be expended and fall into the Atlantic Ocean. 

Any launch of a triple-body heavy-lift rocket is still a sight to see, and ULA will livestream the launch, which you can watch via the feed right here on this page. 

At the moment, launch is set for 8:54 p.m. PT Wednesday (11:54 p.m. ET).

If you happen to be in Florida, the rocket will be visible from much of the state as it ascends toward orbit, according to this graphical guide provided by ULA. 

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