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Launch Photos: Huge Delta 4-Heavy Rocket Soars with Secret NROL-65 Satellite

Delta 4 Heavy Rocket and Towers

United Launch Alliance

The Mobile Service Tower (MST) is rolled back at Space Launch Complex-6 in preparation for launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Heavy rocket carrying the NROL-65 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office. [Read full story.]

Delta 4 Payload Fairing Lifted

United Launch Alliance

A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 5-meter diameter payload fairing, with the National Reconnaissance Office's (NRO) NROL-65 payload encapsulated inside, is mated to its Delta 4 Heavy booster at Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), Calif. Launch is scheduled for Aug. 28, 2013. [Read full story.]

NROL-65 Payload Mated to Booster

United Launch Alliance

A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 5-meter diameter payload fairing, with the National Reconnaissance Office's (NRO) NROL-65 payload encapsulated inside, is mated to its Delta 4 Heavy booster at Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), Calif. Launch is scheduled for Aug. 28, 2013. [Read full story.]

NROL-65 Payload on the Ground

United Launch Alliance

A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 5-meter diameter payload fairing, with the National Reconnaissance Office's (NRO) NROL-65 payload encapsulated inside, is mated to its Delta 4 Heavy booster at Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), Calif. Launch is scheduled for Aug. 28, 2013. [Read full story.]

Delta 4 5-Meter Diameter Payload Fairing

United Launch Alliance

A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 5-meter diameter payload fairing, with the National Reconnaissance Office's (NRO) NROL-65 payload encapsulated inside, is mated to its Delta 4 Heavy booster at Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), Calif. Launch is scheduled for Aug. 28, 2013. [Read full story.]

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