Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA – ** UPDATE – The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy carrying the NROL-71 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office was scrubbed today due to an issue with a redundant communication link between the control center and the launch site.
The team is prepping for a 24-hour turn around on Saturday, Dec. 8, from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The forecast shows a 60 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch. The launch time is 8:06 p.m. PT.**
Team Vandenberg is scheduled to support the launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload from Space Launch Complex-6 on Friday, Dec. 7, with a launch window opening at 8:19 pm PST.
Col. Bob Reeves, 30th Space Vice Wing commander, will be the space launch commander.
“Team V has put in a lot of hard work for this launch,” said Reeves. “We are dedicated to mission success and proud to work alongside United Launch Alliance and the National Reconnaissance Office.”
The 4th Space Launch Squadron executes integrated launch operations with a focus on mission assurance for this spacelift mission.
“Every mission is unique and this Delta IV Heavy launch is a prime example of teamwork with a laser focus on mission success,” said Lt. Col. Kenneth Decker, 4th SLS commander and Air Force Launch Director for the mission. “Our mission assurance technicians and engineers have worked diligently with United Launch Alliance and the other mission partners to reduce risk in order to assure mission safety and security. The men and women of the 4 SLS are proud to contribute to this important mission.”