(Update, Dec. 6, 2017, 6 a.m. PST) The ULA Delta IV rocket carrying the NROL-47 payload for the National Reconnaissance Office is delayed in order to perform additional validation of the software and systems associated with Common Avionics. Common Avionics is a newly designed suite of avionics, flight software and ground systems that will fly on both Atlas V and Delta IV. This upgraded command and control system was designed to reduce cost and improve reliability. NROL-47 will be the first flight of the Common Avionics system on Delta IV. The vehicle and spacecraft remain stable. Launch of the NROL-47 mission is scheduled for no earlier than Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.

  • Rocket: Delta IV Med+ (5,2)
  • Mission: NROL-47
  • Launch Date: No earlier than Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018
  • Launch Time: TBD
  • Live Broadcast: Check back for viewing information
  • Launch Location: Space Launch Complex 6, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

Launch Notes: The NROL-47 mission will mark ULA’s first launch of 2018 and 27th for the National Reconnaissance Office. NROL-47 will be the 36th flight of the Delta IV rocket since its inaugural launch 2002.

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 www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch; hashtags #DeltaIV #NROL47.

Go Delta! Go NROL-47!