Watch live tonight! Delta IV Heavy rocket to launch US spy satellite

There’s some spaceflight action on tap early Thursday morning (Aug. 27). A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket is scheduled to launch the NROL-44 spy satellite at 2:12 a.m. EDT (0612 GMT).

You can watch that liftoff here when the time comes, courtesy of ULA. Coverage begins at 1:52 a.m. EDT (0552 GMT).

From ULA:

Rocket: Delta IV Heavy
Launch Date:
 Aug. 27, with a launch time of 2:12 a.m. EDT
Launch Period:
 The launch period on Aug. 27 is from 1:50 to 6:25 a.m. EDT
Launch Location
: Space Launch Complex-37, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

Mission Information: A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket will launch the NROL-44 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Liftoff will occur from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

Launch Notes: This will be 141st mission for United Launch Alliance and our 29th for the NRO. It is the 385th Delta launch since 1960, the 12th Delta IV Heavy and the 8th Heavy for the NRO.

Launch Updates: To keep up to speed with updates to the launch countdown, dial the ULA launch hotline at 1-877-852-4321 or join the conversation at and; hashtags #DeltaIVHeavy #NROL44


‘ISS Live!’ Tune in to the space station

Find out what the astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station are up to by tuning in to the “ISS Live” broadcast. Hear conversations between the crew and mission controllers on Earth and watch them work inside the U.S. segment of the orbiting laboratory. When the crew is off duty, you can enjoy live views of Earth from Space. You can watch and listen in the window below, courtesy of NASA.

From NASA:

“Live video from the International Space Station includes internal views when the crew is on-duty and Earth views at other times. The video is accompanied by audio of conversations between the crew and Mission Control. This video is only available when the space station is in contact with the ground. During ‘loss of signal’ periods, viewers will see a blue screen.

“Since the station orbits the Earth once every 90 minutes, it experiences a sunrise or a sunset about every 45 minutes. When the station is in darkness, external camera video may appear black, but can sometimes provide spectacular views of lightning or city lights below.” 


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