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Precautions Push Next Possible Delta IV Rocket Launch to Tuesday

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Crews are working toward Tuesday for the next Delta IV Heavy rocket launch.

Sunday morning’s launch of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy NROL-44 mission was pushed back on Saturday.

What You Need To Know

  • ULA next Delta IV rocket launch possibly Tuesday
  • Other launches set for Monday and Tuesday
  • See the launch schedule here

Authorities said additional time is needed for the team to test and evaluate the swing arm retraction system.

The Delta IV Heavy rocket is ready but crews are taking extra precautions to ensure all issues are resolved with the swing arm retraction system, ULA tweeted  Sunday morning.

On top of ULA’s most powerful vehicle will be an intelligence-gathering spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office.

The last Delta IV Heavy rocket to launch was more than two years ago, back in August 2018.

On Monday morning, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch from Kennedy Space Center. That rocket will be carrying 60 Starlink internet satellites and is set to lift off at 10:22 a.m. EDT.

The third launch in three days, another SpaceX Falcon 9, is scheduled to launch with a U.S. Space Force GPS satellite. That launch is scheduled to take place at 9:55 p.m. EDT Tuesday.

Stay with Spectrum News for live coverage of these launches.

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