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SMC and mission partners celebrate successful launch of Delta IV with NROL-45 spacecraft

Screen capture of a closed circuit video feed shows a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Medium+ (5,2) Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle at the moment of RS-68 main engine ignition just prior to the pair of side-mounted solid rocket motors lighting up. The 217-foot-tall orange and white two-stage Delta IV lifted off from Space Launch Complex-6, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 3:40 a.m. PST under more than a million pounds of thrust. The rocket successfully delivered a satellite, designated NROL-45, to a retrograde orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office. (Photo: ULA and 30th Space Wing)

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