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WATCH: Launch Broadcast: Delta IV WGS-9

Delta IV Launch

If you’ve been following me, you know I’m a huge fan of space exploration, space science and of course rockets!

This version of the Delta IV, the M+4, features a two-stage liquid-fueled vehicle supported by four solid-rocket motors (SRM’s) during the first portion of the launch. The solid rocket motors are jettisoned after burning through their fuel.

The WGS-9 is a military communications satellite that will be inserted into a low geosynchronous orbit by the Delta IV system. After test confirm that WGS-9 is operational, it will accelerate into a higher orbit.

Watch as ULA’s Delta IV rocket lifts off with the ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9) mission for the U.S. Air Force. The launch happens at 54:40, if you don’s want all the commentary. Now, I’m off to launch my Delta IV rocket model in Kerbal Space Program.

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Duncan Idaho

Duncan is a science and technology reporter for CDN and serves as the lead geek correspondent. Follow him if you like rockets, mobile tech, video games or ... just about anything nerdy.

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