Delta IV Heavy NROL-71 Scrub Statement

Pablo Tucker
December 22, 2018

When the rocket finally blasts off from the air base along the Central Coast, it should be visible throughout Southern California within minutes of the launch, according to the company. Attempts on Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 were scrubbed due to technical issues, and a Dec. 18 try was called off because of high winds.

The three-booster Delta IV Heavy rocket that will carry the satellite was built by United Launch Alliance, a conglomerate of Lockheed Martin and Boeing.

SpaceX's scheduled launch of an Air Force GPS III satellite from Florida was also postponed today, due to weather, and it may be postponed again on Thursday for the same reason. An operational problem caused a delay in the launch one day prior to that.

Wednesday was the fourth time the mission has been delayed. "As the nation's premiere launch provider, the teams have worked diligently to ensure continued mission success, delivering our customer's payloads to the precise orbits requested".

This news comes after ULA scrubbed the Delta IV Heavy rocket launch attempt on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 5:49 p.m. EST just 10 minutes before it was set to take off.

"We are proud to launch this critical payload in support of our nation's national security mission, " Wentz said.

There was a unusual sight in the sky Wednesday night, which caught people's eyes from across the state.

Fireball sighting reports can be filed with the American Meteor Society, which has already received more than 100 reports (and scores of photos).

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