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News | Jan. 22, 2019

Delta IV Heavy NROL-71 successfully launched

30th Space Wing Public Affairs

Editor's note: Defense Logistics Agency Energy Aerospace Energy supplied the propellants for both the rocket and the payload for the liftoff of United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket that successfully launched at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, Jan. 19. The following story is courtesy of Vandenberg AFB 30th Space Wing Public Affairs.


Team Vandenberg supported the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload from Space Launch Complex-6 here, Saturday, Jan. 19, at 11:10 am PST.


Col. Bob Reeves, 30th Space Vice Wing commander, was the space launch commander.

"Congratulations to the 30th Space Wing, United Launch Alliance and the National Reconnaissance Office for a successful mission," said Reeves. "The entire team worked diligently to ensure mission assurance, public safety, and mission success on the Western Range."

This mission was launched aboard a Delta IV Heavy configuration Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle. The EELV program was established by the U.S. Air Force to provide assured access to space for Department of Defense and other government payloads.