september, 2018

26sep00:00Delta IV Heavy • NROL-71

Event Details

Launch Date: September 26, 2018
Launch Window: TBA
Launch Vehicle: Delta IV Heavy
Launch Operator: United Launch Alliance
Launch Site: SLC-6 Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
Payload: NROL-71
Payload Type: Reconnaissance
Payload Operator: U.S. National Reconnaissance Office


A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket will launch the NROL-71 payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office to replenish America’s space-based intelligence-gathering system. Based on the type of launch vehicle and launch site, NROL-71 is most likely a heavy Keyhole KH-11 image reconnaissance satellite, targeting a slightly elliptical orbit of around 260 by 1,000 Kilometers from where the 19-metric-ton satellites can capture high-resolution imagery for analysis by the various U.S. intelligence agencies.


Mission Resources:

? Launch Vehicle Overview: Delta IV Heavy

Countdown Timeline

Launch Weather

? Launch Site Schedule


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Space Launch Complex 6

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