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Rocket Launch: United Launch Alliance Delta IV WGS-8

Dec 07, 2016 06:53 PM - Dec 07, 2016 07:42 PM Kennedy Space Center Rocket Launch: United Launch Alliance Delta IV WGS-8


Witness liftoff of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The Delta IV rocket will carry WGS-8, the eighth satellite of the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) for U.S. Air Force Space Command. WGS-8 will provide communications services to various branches of the U.S. military.


Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers the closest public viewing of launches with the purchase of a launch transportation/viewing ticket. You must purchase a daily admission ticket or an annual pass in order to use launch transportation/viewing tickets. Ticket holders are transported by bus from the main visitor complex to special viewing areas. Though bus boarding begins up to 3 hours ahead of the scheduled launch time, we recommend arriving by 10 am on launch day to assure enough parking for ticket holders.
Launch viewing opportunities for WGS-8 are available at the LC-39 Observation Gantry, Apollo/Saturn V Center and the main visitor complex with bleacher seating and launch commentary. Launch Viewing/Transportation Tickets to LC-39 Observation Gantry are sold out.  Tickets to Apollo/Saturn V Center are available for $20, in addition to daily admission. Tickets for Apollo/Saturn V Center are available online and by calling 855-475-8415. The main visitor complex viewing area is included with daily admission and is located next to Space Shuttle Atlantis. Restrooms and other amenities are available at all viewing areas.

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The Delta IV family of launch vehicles meets requirements to launch high-priority U.S. Air Force (USAF), National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), NASA, and commercial payloads to orbit. The Delta IV launch system is available in five configurations: the Delta IV Medium (Delta IV M), three variants of the Delta IV Medium-Plus (Delta IV M+), and the Delta IV Heavy (Delta IV H). Each configuration is comprised of a common booster core (CBC), a cryogenic upper stage and either a 4-m-diameter or 5-m-diameter payload fairing (PLF). The Delta IV RS-68A main engine, designed and manufactured by Aerojet Rocketdyne, is the largest existing hydrogen-burning engine. This engine requires 80 percent fewer parts than the Space Shuttle Main Engine, is lower risk, has reduced development and production costs and has inherently reliable operation. The Delta IV second stages rely on the RL10 propulsion system, also manufactured by Aerojet Rocketdyne, to power their second stages. The Delta IV employs the RL10B-2 with the world’s largest carbon-carbon extendible nozzle. This rocket will fly in the Medium+ (4,2) configuration with four GEM 60 solid rocket boosters on its first stage.

Delta IV Rocket

Rocket Launch: United Launch Alliance Delta IV WGS-8