Long-Delayed NROL-44 Mission Aims for Thursday Night Launch

After eight foiled launch attempts, two last-second aborts and an unenviable 13 months sitting on the launch pad, will Thursday finally be NROL-44’s day? Photo Credit: ULA

After more than a year on the pad, and an unenviable eight scrubbed launch attempts, United Launch Alliance (ULA) is gearing up to fly one of its last few Delta IV Heavy boosters from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Liftoff of the snakebitten mission—laden with the highly secretive NROL-44 payload for the National Reconnaissance Office—is expected to occur at 6:15 p.m. EST Friday.

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