Delta IV roars into orbit with GPS satellite.
The United Launch Alliance successfully launched the GPS 2F-9 satellite into orbit earlier this afternoon!
As can be seen in the video above, the vehicle lifts off precisely on schedule at 2:36 PM EST from SLC-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
ATK’s twin GEM-60 Solid Rocket Boosters of the Delta IV M+ 4,2 rocket can be seen on either side of the Common Booster Core. The RS-25 engine that powers the Delta Common Booster Core also flew its final mission today. The remaining flights of the Delta IV will see the upgraded RS-25A engine on the CBC.
The launch of GPS 2F-9 was the 371st flight of a Delta rocket since its inaugural flight in 1960. This was also the 29th flight of the Delta IV Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle, and the 22nd under the United Launch Alliance.
To see our coverage on the GPS 2F-9 mission, click here.
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