december, 2017

13dec00:00Delta IV • NROL-47

Event Details

Launch Date: December 13, 2017
Launch Window: TBA
Launch Vehicle: Delta IV M+(5,2)
Launch Operator: United Launch Alliance
Launch Site: SLC-6 Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
Payload: NROL-47
Payload Operator: U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)


A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket will launch the classified NROL-47 payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office, operator of all American intelligence-gathering satellites and their support assets. The launch vehicle and launch site indicate NROL-47 will join the Future Imagery Architecture, flying under the code name Topaz as a radar reconnaissance satellite operating from an unusual retrograde orbit inclined 123 degrees. This will be the last flight of the Delta IV M+(5,2) version with two Solid Rocket Boosters and a five-meter second stage & payload fairing as United Launch Alliance begins to retire the single-stick Delta IV versions-


Mission Resources:

🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Delta IV M+(5,2)

🛰 Payload Overview: Future Imagery Architecture

Countdown Timeline

Launch Weather

📍 Launch Site Schedule


(Wednesday) 00:00 UTC


Space Launch Complex 6

Vandenberg AFB Space Launch Complex 6, Luner Road, Lompoc, CA, United States