Skip to main content

Amazing Night Launch Photos: Delta 4 Rocket Launches Military Satellite

LIFTOFF! Delta 4 Rocket Launches WGS-5 Satellite

Pat Corkery, United Launch Alliance

A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket carrying the fifth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-5) satellite lifts off from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on May 24, 2013. Wideband Global SATCOM provides anytime, anywhere communication for the warfighter through broadcast, multicast, and point to point connections.

Delta 4 Rockets Lifts Off with WGS-5 Satellite

Pat Corkery, United Launch Alliance

A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket carrying the fifth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-5) satellite launches from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on May 24, 2013.

WGS-5 Satellite in Fairing

Pat Corkery, United Launch Alliance

The Air Force's fifth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-5) satellite is encapsulated inside a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 5-meter diameter payload fairing for a May 2013 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base, Florida.

Delta 4 Rocket Launch: WGS-5 Satellite

Pat Corkery, United Launch Alliance

A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket carrying the fifth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-5) satellite lifts off from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on May 24, 2013. Wideband Global SATCOM provides anytime, anywhere communication for the warfighter through broadcast, multicast, and point to point connections.

Night Launch: Delta 4 Rocket with WGS-5 Satellite

Pat Corkery, United Launch Alliance

A United Launch Alliance successfully launched a Delta 4 rocket carrying the fifth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-5) satellite from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on May 24, 2013. It was the second launch in nine days for the U.S. Air Force.

Night Launch: Delta 4 Rocket & WGS-5 Satellite

Pat Corkery, United Launch Alliance

A United Launch Alliance successfully launched a Delta 4 rocket carrying the fifth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-5) satellite from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on May 24, 2013.

Ready for Liftoff: Delta 4 Rocket & WGS-5 Satellite

Pat Corkery, United Launch Alliance

A Delta 4 rocket stands poised on the launch pad to loft the WGS-5 U.S. military satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on May 24, 2013.

ULA Delta 4 Rocket Primed for WGS-5 Launch

Pat Corkery, United Launch Alliance

The Mobile Service Tower is rolled back at Space Launch Complex-37 at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in preparation for launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket carrying the Air Force's fifth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-5) satellite. Liftoff occurred on May 24, 2013.

Delta 4 Rocket Prepared for Launch

Pat Corkery, United Launch Alliance

The Mobile Service Tower is rolled back at Space Launch Complex-37 at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in preparation for launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket carrying the Air Force's fifth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-5) satellite. Liftoff occurred on May 24, 2013.

Tall Rocket: Delta 4 Rocket with WGS-5 Satellite

Pat Corkery, United Launch Alliance

The view from the ground as the Mobile Service Tower is rolled back at Space Launch Complex-37 at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in preparation for launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket carrying the Air Force's fifth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-5) satellite. Liftoff occurred on May 24, 2013.

Looking Up: Delta 4 Rocket with WGS-5 Satellite

Pat Corkery, United Launch Alliance

The view from the ground as the Mobile Service Tower is rolled back at Space Launch Complex-37 at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in preparation for launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket carrying the Air Force's fifth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-5) satellite. Liftoff occurred on May 24, 2013.

Join our Space Forums to keep talking space on the latest missions, night sky and more! And if you have a news tip, correction or comment, let us know at: community@space.com.

Space.com Staff
Space.com Staff

Space.com is the premier source of space exploration, innovation and astronomy news, chronicling (and celebrating) humanity's ongoing expansion across the final frontier. Originally founded in 1999, Space.com is, and always has been, the passion of writers and editors who are space fans and also trained journalists. Our current news team consists of Editor-in-Chief Tariq Malik; Editor Hanneke Weitering, Senior Space Writer Mike Wall; Senior Writer Meghan Bartels; Senior Writer Chelsea Gohd, Senior Writer Tereza Pultarova and Staff Writer Alexander Cox, focusing on e-commerce. Senior Producer Steve Spaleta oversees our space videos, with Diana Whitcroft as our Social Media Editor.