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NROL-71 LAUNCH (RE-RE-RE-RESCHEDULED), Jan 19, 2019, VAFB, 2:05 pm ET (11:05 am PT)

Update, January 15, 2019:  ULA has announced a new launch date:  January 19, 2019 at 11:05 am Pacific Time (2:05 pm Eastern).

Update, January 6, 2019:  In response to a query about when the launch will take place, ULA said in an email to SpacePolicyOnline.com today that they “Hope to have a new date by this week.”

Update, January 5, 2019:  ULA said today that it is reviewing the launch date while it works to resolve the technical issues that scrubbed the launch on December 19.   It has not delayed the launch again, yet, but the January 6 date should be considered tentative.

Update, December 28, 2018:  ULA emailed today that the launch has been postponed to no earlier than January 6, 2019.  The time was not announced.  No explanation for the delay was provided.

Update, December 26:  As of today, the launch is still scheduled for December 30.  The time has not been announced.

Update, December 20:  ULA said today that after reviewing data they no longer will try to launch today.  The “no earlier than” date is now December 30.

Update, December 19:  ULA scrubbed today’s launch because of a suspected hydrogen leak in the port booster section.  It will try again tomorrow, Dec. 20, at 8:31 pm ET, though that could change if the problem requires more time to fix.

Update, December 18:  ULA scrubbed the launch because of high winds.  It plans to try again tomorrow, Dec. 19, at 8:44 pm ET.

Update, December 17:  ULA continues to report that the weather forecast is not very good for December 18. Only a 20 percent chance of favorable conditions.

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) will make a second attempt to launch the National Reconnaissance Office’s NROL-71 spy satellite on December 18, 2018 on a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA at 8:57 pm ET (5:57 pm Pacific Time).

The first attempt, on December 8, was aborted 7.5 seconds before liftoff due to a problem detected by the Terminal Countdown Sequencer Rack.  Further details had not been provided as of December 14.

The launch will be webcast on ULA’s website.


January 19, 2019
2:00 pm - 11:00 pm