Watch ULA launch the last Delta-IV rocket built in Alabama

23 Août, 2019, 17:40 | Auteur: Therese Cote
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It was the 29th Delta IV launch and, like numerous others, it delivered a Global Positioning System satellite into space for the Air Force.

United Launch Alliance retired a workhouse rocket built in Alabama today with the successful last launch of a Delta-IV Medium rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Two hours later, the satellite separated from the upper stage and the company declared success.

The Delta IV Medium ended its 17-year run with 29 launches.

The newly launched Global Positioning System satellite is the second in a series of next-generation navigation spacecraft.

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ULA is phasing out the Delta IV in anticipation of its new Vulcan Centaur rocket.

"Another spectacular launch for United Launch Alliance this morning!" the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex tweeted Thursday.

The satellite has been named "Magellan" after 16 century Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, who led the first expedition to circumnavigate Earth.

The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Department of Science Education.

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