A United Launch Alliance rocket has lifted another spy satellite into space.
The Delta IV launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 2:11 p.m. PST Jan. 12. ULA confirmed that post-launch systems were operating nominally and then cut video coverage three minutes post-launch due to the classified nature of the mission.
This is the 27th time ULA has put a payload into space for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office and the first of two ULA launches for the NRO planned for this year.
The launch had been planned for Jan. 10 until high winds near the launch site forced a scrub. Then a day later, another scrub was called to allow an inspection of a wonky ground valve.
The latest classified mission was ULA’s first launch of any kind this year. With the launch, the two-booster rocket marked the 36th flight of a Delta IV since its first launch in 2002.
A four-booster Delta IV launched from Florida in December in a military-sat mission.