Watch a Delta IV rocket launch a secret satellite to space

Watch a Delta IV rocket launch a secret satellite to space

The launch of a rocket carrying a national security satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base that was delayed multiple times this week is expected Friday shortly after 2 p.m.

The latest rocket launch was scrubbed due to rain Wednesday and canceled again Thursday.

If you see a rocket in the sky tonight, don't panic it's supposed to be there.

The rocket was originally scheduled to lift-off on Wednesday, but high winds forced ULA to delay the mission.


The vehicle will launch the classified NROL-47 payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. Officials are hopeful the weather will cooperate this time.

There's an 80 percent chance of favorable weather for the Friday afternoon launch, United Launch Alliance said on Twitter.

The launch, which is slated to be the first of 2018 from VAFB, was delayed several times on Thursday before ultimately getting called off around 4:45 p.m., almost four hours after the launch window first opened at 1 p.m. The launch will be broadcast live on the ULA website as well as on YouTube. Details such as hazard warnings issued to pilots and ships can reveal the satellite's likely orbital entry point.

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