LAUNCH CENTER

Launch Image
Success
Tue Mar 11 2003
United States Air Force

DSCS III A-3

Launch Successful
LAUNCH PREVIEW

Launch Time

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(12:59 AM UTC)

Launch Window Start

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(12:59 AM UTC)

Launch Window End

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(12:59 AM UTC)

RECOVERY OVERVIEW

Location

No Recovery Specified

Type

No Recovery Specified

Rocket Details

Name:

Delta IV M

Description:

Delta IV is a group of five expendable launch systems in the Delta rocket family introduced in the early 2000s. Originally designed by Boeing's Defense, Space & Security division for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program, the Delta IV became a United Launch Alliance (ULA) product in 2006. The Delta IV was and is primarily a launch vehicle for United States Air Force military payloads, but has also been used to launch a number of U.S. government non-military payloads and a single commercial satellite.

Delta IV M rocket
MISSION OVERVIEW
  • Type: Communications
  • The U.S. Air Force Space Command operates 10 Phase III DSCS satellites providing defense officials and battlefield commanders secure voice and high rate data communications. The DSCS III system also transmits space operations and early warning data to various systems and users.
COMPLEX OVERVIEW

Location

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Pad

Space Launch Complex 37B