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ULA Delta IV Heavy launch now aimed for next week

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ULA Delta IV Rocket on Stand at Launch Compelx-37 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida

United Launch Alliance (ULA) has announced a refreshed launch schedule for the Delta IV Heavy rocket by next week to complete its 16th and final endeavor.

ULA will now launch on April 9 at 12:53 p.m. EDT. The Delta IV Heavy rocket will carry the NROL-70 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) from Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida.

This launch was planned earlier on March 28 and scrubbed due to an issue with liquid pump failure on the gaseous nitrogen pipeline. This part of the vehicle provides pneumatic pressure to the launch vehicle systems.

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ULA Delta IV Rocket on Stand at Launch Compelx-37 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida

ULA Delta IV Heavy Rocket on Launch Pad at Launch Complex-37 in Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida (Image Credit: ULA)

The Delta Launch Control held the liftoff at T-Minus for 4 minutes with less than a minute remaining in this built-in hold. The launch pad swing arm lock pins have retracted before the terminal count.

The company last week confirmed that the problem is being resolved with a new solution. You can check the live stream webcast here.

Mel Trivalo is a senior author at EONMSK.com, he began his early career in electronics in 2021 and turned his attention towards Space and Rocket Science. Mel likes to explore new technologies and swings baseball to run through creative thoughts.

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