september, 2018

12sep12:26Delta II • ICESat-II

Event Details

Launch Date: September 12, 2018
Launch Window: 12:46-15:20 UTC
Launch Vehicle: Delta II 7320-10C
Launch Operator: United Launch Alliance
Launch Site: SLC-2W Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
Payload: ICESat-II (1,324kg)
Payload Type: Remote Sensing
Payload Manufacturer: NASA
Secondary Payloads: ELFIN


A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket will launch NASA’s ICESat-2 satellite into a 496-Kilometer Low Earth Orbit for a mission dedicated to measuring global ice sheet elevation, sea ice, land topography and vegetation characteristics using the Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS). The instrument will use a LIDAR to take elevation measurements every 70 centimeters along the satellite’s ground path at very high accuracy to determine elevation. This will be the final flight of the Delta II rocket, capping a three-decade career with what is hoped to be its 100th consecutive launch success.


Mission Resources:

? Launch Vehicle Overview: Delta II 7320

Launch Weather


(Wednesday) 12:26 UTC


Space Launch Complex 2W

747 Nebraska Ave, Vandenberg AFB, CA 93437, USA