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Amazing Night Launch Photos: Delta 4 Rocket Launches Military Satellite

Rocket Ride: WGS-5 Satellite Meets Delta 4

Pat Corkery, United Launch Alliance

A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket 5-meter diameter payload fairing, with the Air Force's WGS-5 satellite encapsulated inside, is mated to its Delta 4 booster in preparation for a May 2013 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida.

WGS-5 Satellite Meets Delta 4 Rocket

Pat Corkery, United Launch Alliance

A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket 5-meter diameter payload fairing, with the Air Force's WGS-5 satellite encapsulated inside, is mated to its Delta 4 booster in preparation for a May 2013 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida.

WGS-5 Satellite Mated to Delta 4 Rocket

Pat Corkery, United Launch Alliance

A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket 5-meter diameter payload fairing, with the Air Force's WGS-5 satellite encapsulated inside, is mated to its Delta 4 booster in preparation for a May 2013 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida.

Packing for Flight: WGS-5 Satellite

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.

All Aboard: WGS-5 Satellite Meets Rocket

Pat Corkery, United Launch Alliance

A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket 5-meter diameter payload fairing, with the Air Force's WGS-5 satellite encapsulated inside, is mated to its Delta 4 booster in preparation for a May 2013 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida.

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