Delta IV rocket launch scrubbed, new date scheduled for Dec. 18

Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload from Space Launch Complex-6 on Dec. 8 is now ready to launch on Dec. 18. (Photos by United Launch Alliance)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE — Team Vandenberg was 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.  That launch was rescheduled to Saturday, Dec. 8. and was scrubbed seconds before liftoff.

The launch was scrubbed on Friday, Dec. 7 “due to an issue with a redundant communication link between the control center and the launch site,” according to a statement by United Launch Alliance.

The team prepped for a 24-hour turn around for Saturday, Dec. 8, from Space Launch Complex 6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, but that launch was also scrubbed during the terminal count at only 7.5 seconds before liftoff.  

The team is currently reviewing all data and will determine the path forward,” said United Launch Alliance in a statement.

Col. Bob Reeves, 30th Space Vice Wing commander, was 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.”

A new launch date has been scheduled for 5:57 p.m. on Dec. 18.

For questions related to the United Launch Alliance Delta IV heavy rocket, email Heather Mowad, Communications Lead, at [email protected].

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