Delta IV Launch (2012-01-19)


Delta 4 rocket launching the WGS 4 military communications satellite as seen from the West Melbourne, Florida area.

Rocket: Delta 4
Payload: WGS 4
Date: Jan. 19, 2012
Site: SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral, Florida


“The Wideband Global SATCOM 4 spacecraft, better known as WGS 4, rode a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket away from the Florida spaceport’s pad 37B at 7:38 p.m. EST (0038 GMT) on a 40-minute ascent to supersynchronous orbit.

Liftoff occurred at the opening minute of a launch window set months in advance.

Valued at $464 million, the 6.5-ton satellite will enhance military communications over a turbulent portion of the globe when it commences broadcasting duties in a few months.”