UNITED LAUNCH ALLIANCE DELTA 4 & WGS-6 SET TO LAUNCH AND SERVE THE U.S. MILITARY.
Photo By: United Launch Alliance (ULA) (All live streaming info and mission links below).
Late Wednesday, August 7th at 2029 EDT (0029 on August 8th UTC) from Space Launch Complex-37B (SLC-37B) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Boeing Delta 4 rocket (Designated Delta 363) flying in its M+5.4 configuration will accelerate out of Earth’s atmosphere carrying the sixth in the series of Wideband Global SATCOM Satellites (Formerly Wideband Gapfiller Satellites). These are U.S. Military satellites built by Boeing that are designed to fly in geostationary orbits to deliver military communications.
The Boeing Delta 4 rocket is an expendable 2 stage rocket that will be flying in the MEDIUM + (5.4) configuration and the entire vehicle stands 217 ft. tall.
Delta 4 Rocket Specs & MEDIUM + (5.4) configuration explained……..
Medium = Medium lift capabilities in the Delta 4 family.
5 = Main payload fairing is 2 shell, 5.1 meters (16.7 ft.) in diameter.
4 = 4 Strap-on solid rocket motors (SRM) attached to the 1st stage produced by Alliant Techsystems. 53 ft. in length they burn for approximately 1.5 minutes before being jettisoned at the 100 second mark.
2nd Stage (Upper Stage) = 42.8 ft. long and 16.7 ft. in diameter, it’s powered by a single Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RL10B-2 engine. It burns cryogenic liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen that produces 24,750 lb. of thrust.
1st Stage Common Booster Core (CBC) = 133.9 ft. long and 16.7 ft. in diameter, powered by the Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RS-68 engine system. Burns cryogenic liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen and produces 663,000 lb. of thrust at sea level.
GO DELTA!!! GO WGS6!!!
Watch Live Streaming At: http://www.ulalaunch.com
ULA WGS-6 Mission Page: http://www.ulalaunch.com/site/pages/Launch.shtml#/41/
Delta IV Family Page: http://www.ulalaunch.com/site/pages/Products_DeltaIV.shtml
Delta IV – 5 Meter Configuration Cutaway: http://www.ulalaunch.com/site/docs/products/Cutaways/DeltaIVM5Meter_Cutaway.pdf