ULA DELTA IV READY TO SERVE THE UNITED STATES MILITARY
Photo Credit: ULA of the GPS 2F-3 launch: CLICK for larger view and see below for information and links.
LAUNCH ALERT!!! (WEATHER PERMITTING)
Late Thursday, May 15th at 2008 EDT (0008 on May 16th UTC) from Space Launch Complex-37B (SLC-37B or Slick-37B) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) a United Launch Alliance (ULA), Boeing Delta 4 rocket flying in its Medium+4.2 configuration will accelerate out of Earth’s atmosphere carrying the U.S. Military’s GPS 2F-6 satellite. The satellite will serve and protect United States warfighters on land, in the air and at sea. The GPS 2F-6 will also greatly improve performance and accuracy of civilian GPS instruments worldwide. This will be ULA’s 82nd launch overall and the 26th flight of the Delta IV family rocket.
The Boeing Delta 4 rocket is an expendable 2 stage rocket that will be flying in the MEDIUM + (4,2) configuration and the entire vehicle stands 207 ft. tall.
Delta 4 Rocket Specs & MEDIUM + (4,2) configuration explained……..
Medium = Medium lift capabilities in the Delta 4 family.
4 = Payload fairing (PLF) is 2 shell, 4.1 meters (13.4 ft.) in diameter.
2 = 2 Strap-on solid rocket motors (SRM) attached to the 1st stage produced by Alliant Techsystems. 53 ft. in length, 5 ft. in diameter and burn for approximately 94.6 seconds before being jettisoned at the 100 second mark.
Delta Cryogenic 2nd Stage (DCSS) (2nd Stage) = 39.5 ft. (12m) long and 13.1 ft. (4.0m) in diameter and is powered by a single Aerojet Rocketdyne RL10B-2 engine. It burns cryogenic liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen that produces 24,750 lb. of thrust.
1st Stage Common Booster Core (CBC) = 133.9 ft. (40.8m) long and 16.7 ft. (5.1m) in diameter and is powered by the Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-68 engine system. Burns cryogenic liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen and produces 663,000 lb. of thrust at sea level.
GO DELTA!!! GO GPS 2F-6!!!
Watch Live Streaming At: http://www.ulalaunch.com
United Launch Alliance (ULA) Twitter: https://twitter.com/ulalaunch
GPS IIF-5 mission page: http://www.ulalaunch.com/delta-iv-to-launch-gps-iif6.aspx?title=Delta+IV+to+Launch+GPS+IIF-6
Excellent GPS IIF-5 mission booklet that includes all mission details (PDF): http://www.ulalaunch.com/uploads/docs/Mission_Booklets/DIV/div_GPSIIF6_mob.pdf
Delta IV Family Page: http://www.ulalaunch.com/site/pages/Products_DeltaIV.shtml
Delta IV – 4 Meter Configuration Cutaway & Vehicle Details: http://www.ulalaunch.com/site/docs/products/Cutaways/DeltaIVM4Meter_Cutaway.pdf
Patrick AFB (45th Space Wing): http://www.patrick.af.mil/
45th Space Wing Twitter: https://twitter.com/45thSpaceWing
Spaceflight 101 page for this mission: http://www.spaceflight101.com/delta-iv-gps-iif-6-launch.html