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United Launch Alliance issued a statement advising that a Delta IV Heavy rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The rocket carried a payload on behalf of the National Reconnaissance Office.
The rocked blasted off Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg in the morning. The mission has been designated NROL-65. The announcement advised that the mission is designed to support national defense of the United States. The launch represents the eighth one by the United Launch Alliance during the 2013 calendar year. The launch is also the 24th mission using a Delta IV rocker. This is the second time a Delta
IV rocker lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
The Delta IV rocket is considered the largest rocket in the world at the present time. A spokesman for the United Launch Alliance noted that the Delta IV is highly reliable and possesses heavy lift capacity which is necessary for national security payloads of the time launched recently.
The next scheduled United Launch Alliance launch is christened the Atlas V AEHF-3 mission. This launch is being undertaken on behalf of the United States Air Force. The launch is scheduled for September 18, 2013. Liftoff will be from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
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