West Coast to launch it’s largest rocket

Delta IV Heavy NROL-49


UPDATE: Launch on schedule at 1:10 – Success! After staging the rocket went into a news blackout due to the secret nature of the payload.

Launch of the Delta IV heavy at 1:10 pm PST 01-20-2011

The largest rocket to launch from the west coast is scheduled to liftoff from Vandenburg Space launch Complex today at 1:08 PM PST (4:08 EST). (Time moved to 1:10 to avoid an “object in space”)

The Delta IV Heavy towering to 235 feet with a mass of 733,000 kg is capable of lifting more than any currently available rocket. The current payload will be top secret spy payload for the U.S.

STS size comparison

You can check Spaceflight Now’s mission status update page for current status

A webcast by United Launch Alliance can be seen here

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