United Launch Alliance will use a Delta IV Heavy rocket to launch the NROL-71 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office.
This will be 132nd mission for United Launch Alliance and ULA's second Delta IV Heavy launch in less than four months. It is the 382nd Delta launch since 1960, the 38th for a Delta IV rocket since 2002 and the 11th Delta IV Heavy.
This comes a day after SpaceX's successful launch on a mission to resupply the International Space Station.
Though the cargo-packed Dragon spacecraft made it safely to orbit and is scheduled to arrive at the ISS around 6 a.m. Saturday, the 156-foot-tall rocket stage did not share the same fate – instead of Landing Zone 1, it automatically targeted a wet landing in the Atlantic Ocean about two miles offshore.
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