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INTERNATIONALLY-BACKED MILITARY SATELLITE SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED ATOP DELTA 4 ROCKET

INTERNATIONALLY-BACKED MILITARY SATELLITE SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED ATOP DELTA 4 ROCKET With an international flair for collaboration, a military communications satellite jointly purchased by five allies was rocketed in space Saturday to further expand the U.S.-operated network that serves battlefield forces anywhere on Earth. The Wideband Global SATCOM satellite No. 9, which will act like an information router in space, was successfully propelled into orbit by a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket from Cape Canaveral. The 8:18 p.m. EDT (0018 GMT) liftoff occurred from Complex 37 following an afternoon loading of 170,000 gallons of cryogenic propellant into the two-stage rocket.   More



(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Mar 19)

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