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Delta IV Heavy: Check out the impressive triple booster rocket | Digital Trends Spanish

United Launch Alliance (ULA) recently used its rocket Delta IV Heavy to deploy a classified satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office.

The space vehicle The triple-booster rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on Saturday, September 24.

Tory Bruno, CEO and President of ULA, shared some great videos on Tuesday showing the launch from various angles. Take this short-range effort, for example, which shows the Delta IV Heavy rocket lifting off from the launch pad, with the camera tracking upwards as it climbs into the sky:

OKAY. By popular demand, my ultra secret, most favorite spot. #NROL91 pic.twitter.com/OdqaUsPHuC

— Tory Bruno (@torybruno) September 27, 2022

Here’s this incredible slow-motion shot of the rocket’s engines igniting to propel the vehicle into space:

Want to see some fire close up from my favorite secret SLC6 viewing spot? (turn up the volume…). #NROL91 pic.twitter.com/Ss3Hzfkcb1

— Tory Bruno (@torybruno) September 26, 2022

More close-up images of the action show takeoff through a fisheye lens:

Here’s a cool fisheye shot for all you flame trench fans. Don’t forget to turn up the sound. #NROL91 pic.twitter.com/yv2JWbCP1w

— Tory Bruno (@torybruno) September 27, 2022

Captured some distance from the launch site, this footage, which suddenly switches from real speed to slow motion, also shows the Delta IV Heavy at the start of its journey.

Video from the #NROL91 Delta IV Heavy launch yesterday. @ulalaunch @torybruno @SuperclusterHQ pic.twitter.com/taa3Usgo9Z

— Justin Hartney (@justinhartney) September 25, 2022

In all, ULA’s Delta IV rocket has flown 13 successful missions, the first of which took place in 2007. The rocket is capable of generating 2.1 million pounds of thrust at launch, making it one of the the most powerful rockets in use today. However, that power will soon be dwarfed by NASA’s new SLS rocket, which is capable of generating 8.8 million pounds of thrust, and SpaceX’s Super Heavy, which the company says will be able to produce up to 17 million pounds of thrust. when it finally takes off.

Saturday’s mission was ULA’s 95th Delta-class rocket launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base and its fifth and final Delta IV Heavy launch from the West Coast. Future Delta IV Heavy launches will take place from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, with the next one taking place in early 2023.

However, ULA will continue to operate out of Vandenberg Space Force Base, using it for launches of its Vulcan rocket in development.

ULA’s next mission is a commercial launch of two telecommunications satellites from the Kennedy Space Center using its Atlas V rocket. It was originally planned for September 30, but Hurricane Ian has forced ULA to set a new target launch date. for October 4.

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