28 Aug '13, 7pm

Massive rocket carrying spy satellite launches from Vandenberg: A massive rocket carrying a spy sate... #airforce

Massive rocket carrying spy satellite launches from Vandenberg: A massive rocket carrying a spy sate... #airforce

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, CALIF. — A massive rocket carrying a spy satellite for the U.S. government launched from the central California coast Wednesday. The Delta IV Heavy rocket soared off the launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base, about 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles, and sped toward low-Earth orbit, officials at United Launch Alliance said. The rocket carried a satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office, which oversees the nation’s constellation of intelligence-gathering satellites. Liftoff occurred at 11:03 a.m. PDT, about 10 minutes later than planned as engineers dealt with some last-minute minor issues. Since the mission is classified, no other details were available. At 23 stories, the Delta IV Heavy is the largest rocket in the country. The last time it launched from Vandenberg — in 2011 — the roar of the engines shook the nearby city of Lompoc. Som...

Full article: http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20130828/NEWS/308280035

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