Delta IV Rocket Launch Today

Saturday, 13 Jan, 2018

The United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket with a National Reconnaissance Office payload was originally set to launch Wednesday but was then rescheduled for Thursday, when it was delayed multiple times and ultimately scrubbed due to a ground system valve problem.

The original launch, scheduled for Wednesday, was pushed to Thursday due to high winds.

The rocket is said to be carrying a spy satellite for the United States government.

The launch, NROL-47, will mark ULA's 27th mission for the National Reconnaissance Office.

Coverage of the launch will begin about 25 minutes prior to liftoff, or 4:30 p.m. EST. The forecast shows a 90 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch.

Founded in 2006, ULA is a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin. This latest mission patch is part of a long tradition of just plainly weird patches that the NRO issues for each classified launch.

According to NASA Spaceflight, NROL-47 is most likely some type of radar imaging satellite.

In the aftermath of the alleged failure, SpaceX claimed its rocket performed as expected, implying the blame for the Zuma mission lay elsewhere.