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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.Wake up Right! Subscribe to our Morning Briefing and get the news delivered to your inbox before breakfast!