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2013

Covered From Head to Toe, Rihanna Rocks Muslim Garb For Abu Dhabi Mosque Shoot

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All. Covered. Up.

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Rihanna proves that she’s versatile enough to serve fashion full clothed in garb. Over the weekend, the self proclaimed ‘Bad Gal’, shot in Abu Dhabi by famed photographers, Steven Gomillion and Dennis Leupolds. Check out some of the photos.

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37 Comments to “Covered From Head to Toe, Rihanna Rocks Muslim Garb For Abu Dhabi Mosque Shoot”

  1. siarasheree says:

    NICE……OK this girl can put a trash bag and make it look good…..

  2. 2bme says:

    She looks gorge

  3. Mohamad Kreidie says:

    how such photos and pozes been taken in a wholy place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. abudhabiexpat says:

    Here’s a statement by the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque regarding Rihanna’s photoshoot controversy.

    “The Centre strives to ensure that visitors enter the mosque in a decent fashion, and refrain from behaving in any way that is inconsistent with the sanctity of this religious place. In the event of behaviour that violates the moral codes of access to the mosque, or other visit regulations – such as taking inappropriate pictures, posing in ways that are improper in the context of sacred place, talking loudly, or eating – the violators are directed in a polite manner that reflects the civilisational and tolerant attributes of Islam. Usually, the visitors are appreciative of that.

    “Here, the Centre refers to a recent incident, involving a singer who came for a private visit to the mosque, at a gate that is not reserved for visitors, without prior coordination with the Centre’s management and without identifying herself.

    “She was directed by visitor services to proceed to the visitors’ main gate and take the guided tour, according to procedure. She left without entering the mosque, after being asked to do so, due to the fact that she had taken some pictures that do not conform with the conditions and regulations put in place by the Centre’s management to regulate visits in a way that takes the status and sanctity of the mosque into consideration.”

    “While the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre always welcomes visitors and tourists from all around the world, it also calls on everyone to adhere to the moral codes of access to the mosque and to its visit regulations, which the Centre always makes sure are clear to all its visitors throughout the day.”

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  12. STORY WRITTEN FOR & USED WITH PERMISSIONPosted: January 14, 2005The European Space Agency unveiled the first raw images from the Huygens Titan probe today, black-and-white pictures showing ice blocks strewn across the surface and hard-to-interpret features resembling drainage channels and, possibly, a frigid shoreline of sorts. This is one of the first raw images returned by the ESA Huygens probe during its successful descent. It was taken from an altitude of 16.2 kilometres with a resolution of approximately 40 metres per pixel. It apparently shows short, stubby drainage channels leading to a shoreline. Credit: ESA/NASA TVAs of 3 p.m. EST (2000 GMT), more than 350 images from the Huygens main camera were on the ground, shot at altitudes above and below the haze layer that marks Titan’s thick nitrogen atmosphere.The first picture shown to reporters was shot at an altitude of about 10 miles with a surface resolution of about 50 feet.”I think it’s pretty clear you see things that look pretty much like drainage channels, maye not like drainage channels like on rivers on the Earth, but perhaps stubby box canyons with seepage out of the walls, flowing down towards what looks very much like a shoreline,” said Martin Tomasko, principal investigator for Huygens’ descent imager.”We suspected there would be liquid on the surface of Titan, we suspected we would see things that looked like drainage channels and shorelines, but we’ve never been able to see them with this clarity.”A second photo showed the surface of Titan surrounding the Huygens probe after it touched down on the frigid moon. The scene resembled recent photos from NASA’s Mars rovers, showing a rock-strewn plain stretching away toward a hazy horizon. This raw image was returned by the Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer camera onboard the European Space Agency’s Huygens probe after the probe descended through the atmosphere of Titan. It shows the surface of Titan with ice blocks strewn around. The size and distance of the blocks will be determined when the image is properly processed. Credit: ESA/NASA/University of ArizonaSaid European Space agency science chief David Southwood: “I am just delighted. I just wanted to know that there was complexity down there, that this really was a world that was going to yield totally new science. I’m now convinced we’re going to do it. it’s the end of a wonderful day, I’m going to remember it for the rest of my life.”Despite Tomasko’s off-the-cuff interpretation of the initial picture, it was not immediately clear whether the images did, in fact, show liquid ethane or related compounds theorized to exist on the surface.Video coverage for subscribers only:VIDEO:THE FIRST PICTURE FROM HUYGENS IS REVEALED VIDEO:HUYGENS POST-LANDING NEWS BRIEFING VIDEO:STATUS REPORT DURING DESCENT AUDIO:TODAY’S STATUS REPORT DURING DESCENT VIDEO:HUYGENS PRE-ARRIVAL NEWS BRIEFING AUDIO:HUYGENS PRE-ARRIVAL NEWS BRIEFING VIDEO:OVERVIEW OF HUYGENS PROBE’S SCIENCE OBJECTIVES VIDEO:JULY NEWS BRIEFING ON CASSINI’S PICTURES OF TITAN VIDEO:PICTURES SHOWING TITAN SURFACE FROM OCT. FLYBY VIDEO:WHAT’S KNOWN ABOUT TITAN BEFORE THE FIRST FLYBY VIDEO:NARRATED MOVIE OF CLOUDS MOVING NEAR SOUTH POLE VIDEO:OCT. 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Credit: ESA/NASA/University of ArizonaVideo coverage for subscribers only:VIDEO:THE FIRST PICTURE FROM HUYGENS IS REVEALED VIDEO:HUYGENS POST-LANDING NEWS BRIEFING VIDEO:STATUS REPORT DURING DESCENT AUDIO:TODAY’S STATUS REPORT DURING DESCENT VIDEO:HUYGENS PRE-ARRIVAL NEWS BRIEFING AUDIO:HUYGENS PRE-ARRIVAL NEWS BRIEFING VIDEO:OVERVIEW OF HUYGENS PROBE’S SCIENCE OBJECTIVES VIDEO:JULY NEWS BRIEFING ON CASSINI’S PICTURES OF TITAN VIDEO:PICTURES SHOWING TITAN SURFACE FROM OCT. FLYBY VIDEO:WHAT’S KNOWN ABOUT TITAN BEFORE THE FIRST FLYBY VIDEO:NARRATED MOVIE OF CLOUDS MOVING NEAR SOUTH POLE VIDEO:OCT. 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The spacecraft failed shortly after reaching an orbit measuring 217 by 227 statute miles tilted 58 degrees to the equator (see Heavens Above for tracking maps: ).Out of contact and out of control, the National Reconnaissance Office satellite (also known as NROL-21) will re-enter the atmosphere with virtually a full load of now-frozen hydrazine rocket fuel inside a spherical tank. While the odds are the tank will survive re-entry heating and make it to the surface, the probability of impact in a populated area is considered remote.But if the tank did, in fact, defy the odds, “we’re talking an area, say, roughly the size of two football fields that the hydrazine could be dispersed over and you would at least incur something that would make you go to the doctor,” said Marine Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “If you stayed inside that zone, if you got very close to it and stayed, you could get to exposures that would be deadly. So that’s a sense of what we’re dealing with here.”Ted Molczan, an experienced, widely respected amateur satellite observer, told CBS News today the last verifiable sighting of the spacecraft was on Feb. 11. Based on tracking data at that time, he predicted re-entry on March 18, plus or minus one week, if nothing was done to hasten the event. And that projection includes assumptions about atmospheric behavior that could change closer to re-entry.Concerned about the potential health threat, the Bush administration approved a plan to fire a standard tactical missile from an Aegis cruiser in an attempt to hit the falling satellite around the end of February. By attempting an intercept at a relatively low altitude – about 160 statute miles – half the resulting debris could be expected to burn up within hours with the rest following suit within a few weeks.”What to me was compelling as we reviewed the data was that if we fire at the satellite, the worst case is we miss and then we have a known situation which is where we are today,” Cartwright said. “If we graze the satellite, we’re still better off because likely we’ll still bring it down sooner and therefore more predictably. If we hit the hydrazine tank, then we’ve improved our potential to mitigate that threat. So the regret factor of not acting clearly outweighed the regret factors of acting.”NASA Administrator Mike Griffin said debris from a successful intercept would not pose a significant threat to the international space station, which flies at an altitude of about 210 statute miles and is permanently staffed by rotating three-person crews. The planned intercept will not be attempted until the shuttle Atlantis returns to Earth next Wednesday.”We have a shuttle on orbit and a space station on orbit permanently with a permanent crew,” he said. “So we looked very carefully at increased risk to shuttle and station and, broadly speaking, they are negligible. They are at least a factor of 10 smaller than the risks we take just being in space anyway in the shuttle. On the space station, of course, it’s a different issue. The space station is much more robust than the shuttle. But even there, the risk posture does not increase significantly. And so we are very comfortable that this is a decision made carefully and objectively and safely.”He did not mention what a low-altitude cloud of debris might mean for the planned launch of the shuttle Endeavour March 11 on the next space station assembly mission.The Chinese government was subjected to widespread international criticism when it destroyed a defunct weather satellite in January 2007 in a dramatic test of anti-satellite technology. The Feng Yun 1C was at an altitude of some 530 miles when it was destroyed, creating some 2,400 pieces of trackable debris, Molczan said.Asked how U.S. plans to destroy the falling NRO satellite are different from what China did, Cartwright said the United States is notifying other nations in advance and “this is right at the surface of the atmosphere. Other intercepts that have occurred have occurred substantially higher than the space station, for example, and that means the debris is up there for 20 to 40 years and has to migrate down through both manned space platforms and unmanned space platforms. That will not be the case here.”Griffin agreed, saying “the Chinese ASAT test was conducted against a satellite in a circular orbit at around 850 kilometers of altitude. … All of the debris from this encounter, as carefully designed as it is, will be down at most within weeks, and most will be down in the first couple of orbits afterward. There’s an enormous difference.”Backing up that position, Molczan said only 1 percent – about 25 pieces of debris out of a population of more than 2,400 – have re-entered in the wake of the Chinese anti-satellite test. The rest is still in orbit.He said the additional risk of debris that might get knocked out of USA 193’s orbit into a more elliptical path with a high point, or apogee, above the space station’s orbit is relatively small and that any pieces that did get knocked into such orbits would decay and re-enter within a few weeks.”You’re talking about intercepting this at 139 nautical miles, or 240 kilometers,” he said. “Obviously, at that point the thing would be within three weeks of (a natural) decay if we’re talking the end of February. That means at worse case, you engage this thing and most pieces are going to come down in the original timeframe.”While not disputing U.S. government projections of debris behavior, Molczan said “I just have a hard time being worried about a 40-inch sphere of hydrazine. I normally try not to get political in this stuff, but the thought that crossed my mind was … is this in some measure a PR exercise to boost the concept of missile defense?”Others have wondered if the Pentagon wants to ensure that no classified systems make it to the ground where they could possibly be recovered and subjected to analysis.But Cartwright said the only concern was the threat posed by the satellite’s load of hydrazine fuel.”It’s the hydrazine here that’s the distinguishing characteristic,” he said. “I read the blogs, there’s some question about the classified side of this. That is really not an issue. Once you go through the atmosphere and the heating and the burning, that would not be an issue in this case. That would not justify using a missile to take it and break it up further.”Griffin said enough uncertainty exists with frozen hydrazine to warrant the extraordinary intervention.”Solid as it is now, not all of it will melt, OK?” he said. “So you will land on the ground with a tank full of slush hydrazine that would then later evaporate. The tank will have been breached. Not probably, the tank will have been breached because the fuel lines will have been ripped out of the main spacecraft and so that hydrazine will vent.”It’s hard to find areas that have any significant population to them where you could put a toxic substance down across a couple of football fields and not have somebody at risk. And so, we didn’t want to create a situation like that. So in brief, the tank will survive, it will be breached, the hydrazine will reach the ground. 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Credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily NewsThe 23-story rocket roared to life while enveloped in a hellish fire at pad 37B as free hydrogen from the three Rocketdyne RS-68 engines ignited. As the countdown reached zero, a dozen bolts that held the rocket to the pad for the past year popped and the 1.6-million pound vehicle thundered into a clear blue sky at 4:50 p.m. EST (2150 GMT).The highly complex launcher, which takes three so-called Common Booster Cores and strapped them together to create a powerful triple-body rocket, ascended atop three pillars of super-hot golden flame, flickering more than 20-stories long.Gulping three tons of propellant per second, the engines won the battle against gravity to blast the rocket away from Earth as the powerplants raged at full throttle. Nearly four minutes after liftoff, tracking cameras following the launch showed the starboard and port boosters shut down their engines and peel away from the rocket’s core. But the engine cutoff and subsequent booster separation came about 8 seconds prematurely, based on the advertised timeline.After the center booster finished firing and dropped away, the cryogenic upper stage of the Delta 4-Heavy ignited for what was supposed to be a 7-minute firing to reach an initial parking orbit around Earth. As the scheduled completion time for that burn came and went, there were indications that something was not right. The upper stage was being forced to fire much longer than anticipated to make up for a performance shortfall earlier in the launch.The unplanned overtime firing used fuel needed for later burns to reach geosynchronous orbit. The stage’s final burn Tuesday evening was supposed to last three minutes and 14 seconds to inject its cargo into the desired orbit, but the motor ran out of fuel before completing the maneuver.”I don’t know the exact, final orbit or how much shorter the final burn was. We’re going to look at the data and get those answers,” Boeing vice president for Expendable Launch Systems, Dan Collins, said in an interview Tuesday night.Collins said it was too early to say exactly what triggered the performance shortfall.”We’re going to have to dig in to know for sure. I’m going to hold off comment until we have a chance to look at it in the morning. It’s been a relatively long day. From the data we have seen, we are have high confidence that we are going to be able to track this down and make whatever adjustments are necessary. But you want to give it a day or so of looking at the data.”The Air Force awarded Boeing a $141 million contract to conduct this demonstration flight of the Delta 4-Heavy as a means of testing the rocket before critical national security payloads begin flying aboard the vehicle. Two operational launches are scheduled for August and December 2005 carrying the final Defense Support Program missile warning satellite and a classified National Reconnaissance Office payload, respectively.”I’ve spent the entire day with our customer…I can tell you we’ve got a very, very happy customer. We demonstrated all phases of this mission and we got a huge amount of data that allows us to move forward with high confidence towards the DSP mission next summer,” Collins said. “I can’t put words in the customer’s mouth but everybody in the Mission Director’s Center characterized the demonstration mission as really a truly great success. Our objective in this launch was to gather data and run through the entire mission profile. From that respect, we had a great day and a great flight. it is going take some data review for us to know exactly where we ended up.” The Boeing Delta 4-Heavy rocket flies downrange on the power of its three Rocketdyne RS-68 main engines. Credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily NewsThis was the fourth launch of the Delta 4 rocket family, which Boeing created as part of the Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program for next-generation vehicles to loft government payloads over the next two decades. The Delta 4, which has flown previously in its medium-lift configuration with just one Common Booster Core, is joined in the EELV stable with Lockheed Martin’s Atlas 5.Tuesday’s launch featured a 13,383-pound instrumented satellite mockup, called DemoSat, as the rocket’s main payload. The 6-foot tall, 4.5-foot diameter shiny aluminum barrel was filled with 60 brass rods for ballast. Sensors on the satellite collected data on the vibrations, temperatures and pressures during ascent, plus measure the shock felt at separation. Hitching a ride on the side of DemoSat was a pair of nanosatellites nicknamed Ralphie and Sparky. Built in collaboration between Arizona State University, New Mexico State University and the University of Colorado at Boulder, the canister-like nanosats were originally supposed to launch aboard a space shuttle mission in 2003. But the Columbia accident and grounding of the shuttle fleet led to the Air Force proposing an alternate route to orbit on Delta 4. The nanosats were deployed but their status was not immediately known. They were to operate for a day, conducting imaging, micropropulsion and intersatellite communications experiments before tumbling into the atmosphere.The Air Force decided to finance the test flight and not fly a real satellite after it became clear there wouldn’t be a commercial customer to purchase the inaugural launch.”The original strategy for demonstrating the Heavy capability was to utilize the perceived burgeoning commercial market. In 1998, this vehicle would have been a big player in what was projected back in those times. So the Air Force was in a great position. They were going to be able to benefit from the commercial launches,” Collins said. “When that commercial launch market started to go away and signs that it wasn’t going to allow the demonstration to happen, the Air Force stepped in and said ‘hey, we’ve got some important payloads to go. We want to get data before we put those on top of the rocket.’ So they came in and purchased an amendment to the development of the contract for this mission.” Besides future military missions, Delta 4-Heavy is being studied along with Atlas 5, space shuttle-derived concepts and completely new space vehicles to launch missions in NASA’s Vision for Space Exploration that aims to return astronauts to the moon and ultimately send the first humans to Mars. The Delta 4-Heavy is capable of delivering 48,000 pounds of cargo into low-Earth orbits, including that of the International Space Station, 28,000 pounds into geosynchronous transfer orbit used by communications satellites, 22,000 pounds for Trans Lunar Injection routes to the moon and 17,600 pounds on Mars-bound trajectories. “The biggest help we’re being at this point is by providing (NASA) information about the system, what its growth possibilities are, where its limitations are, so that they have the best set of data to match up with planning an overall exploration program,” Collins said of Boeing’s ongoing discussions with NASA. “We’re working hard with them but really in an information exchange situation and helping them get educated and smart on what the existing Delta capabilities are and then how Delta can grow.” Additional coverage for subscribers:VIDEO:FROM LIFTOFF TO BOOSTER SEPARATION VIDEO:THE DELTA 4-HEAVY LAUNCH (SHORT VERSION) VIDEO:ONBOARD CAMERA RECORDS LAUNCH VIDEO:ONBOARD CAMERA SEES BOOSTER SEPARATION VIDEO:ONBOARD CAMERA CAPTURES FAIRING JETTISON AUDIO:LISTEN TO THE 68-MINUTE PRE-LAUNCH NEWS CONFERENCE VIDEO:ANIMATION PROVIDES PREVIEW OF A DELTA 4-HEAVY LAUNCH VIDEO:RE-LIVE THE INAUGURAL DELTA 4 LAUNCH FROM 2002 VIDEO:ON-PAD FLIGHT READINESS ENGINE FIRING TEST VIDEO:TAKE TOUR OF LAUNCH PAD 37B Soviet SpaceFor the first time ever available in the West. 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That left the rocket with a massive underspeed in which the vehicle’s upper stage could not overcome and resulted in a final orbit lower than planned.”The root cause of the anomaly has been identified as a fluid cavitation within the liquid oxygen feed system,” the Air Force said Wednesday in announcing the investigation’s findings.The cavitation, or bubbling, is a localized condition where the super-cold oxidizer changed from liquid to vapor within the feed lines running from the rocket’s tanks to engines.The Delta 4-Heavy is the largest member in Boeing’s next-generation rocket family. It takes three Common Booster Cores, each featuring a cryogenic main engine, and straps them together to form a vehicle capable of launching hefty cargos into space.Trouble on trip to spaceThe three Common Booster Cores were ignited during the final seconds of the December 21 countdown, generating 1.9-million pounds of thrust to propel the 23-story rocket away from pad 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. It was meant to be a full dress rehearsal flight — with only a dummy payload aboard — to test the rocket before critical national security satellites begin using the vehicle later this year.About 50 seconds into flight, the center booster’s main engine throttled back to 58 percent thrust as a fuel conservation effort. The starboard and port boosters continued to operate at their maximum power setting of 102 percent thrust, each guzzling a ton of propellant per second. The strap-on boosters were scheduled to fire until T+plus 4 minutes, 5 seconds when the Rocketdyne-made RS-68 engine on each stage would cut off. About three seconds later, the 15-story starboard and port boosters, which provided the vast majority of thrust during the first four minutes of flight, would peel away from the center stage and tumble into the Atlantic Ocean below. But the engines shut down 8 seconds early after sensors temporarily indicated “dry” fuel conditions despite the stages having plenty of propellant remaining to accomplish the scheduled firing time. The sensors returned to “wet” readings after the shutdown sequence was already activated. Once the outer boosters were shed, the center stage’s RS-68 engine revved back to full throttle. Although the booster was identical to the outer strap-on stages, carrying the same propellant supply and engine package, it employed a more conservative fuel consumption strategy by the lower-throttle setting for the past three minutes and saved enough propellant to operate almost 90 seconds longer. But the same sensor “phenomenon” repeated on the center booster, causing its engine to shut down 9 seconds prematurely, according to investigators. The Boeing Delta 4-Heavy rocket launches from Cape Canaveral on its test flight. Credit: Boeing photo by Carleton BailieAfter the center booster had been jettisoned, the Delta 4-Heavy rocket’s upper stage found itself with a speed deficit of 1,500 feet/second due to the early shutdowns of the main engines. The upper stage ignited for the first of three firings planned over the 6-hour mission to geosynchronous orbit. That first burn of the Pratt & Whitney RL10 upper stage engine was supposed to last seven minutes to reach an initial parking orbit around Earth where a pair of university-built nanosatellites would be released into space. The rocket motor was designed to extend its firing time to compensate for any performance shortfalls experienced by the Common Booster Cores, and it did that. But even though the stage fired much longer than planned it still failed to reach a stable orbit, deploying the nanosats into a suborbital trajectory that took them into the atmosphere before completing a lap around the planet. The upper stage then reignited for its second scheduled burn, shaping the rocket’s track into a highly elliptical egg-shaped geosynchronous transfer orbit. It was in this orbit that the vehicle coasted for five hours to reach the high point about 19,600 nautical miles above the planet where the final engine blast would occur. This firing should have lasted three minutes to circularize the orbit. However, the stage’s precious fuel supply was greatly impacted by the extended maneuvers battling back from the Common Booster Core problem. The stage ran out of fuel about two-thirds of the way through the burn, leaving the instrumented satellite simulator payload — the rocket’s main cargo for this test flight — with an orbit featuring a high point of 19,600 nautical miles (36,400 km), low point of 9,600 nautical miles (19,000 km) and inclination of 13.5 degrees. The orbit’s low point was 10,000 miles off the target and inclination was 3.5 degrees higher than planned. Tracking down the glitchEach Common Booster Core has a large liquid hydrogen tank and a much smaller liquid oxygen tank for its RS-68 engine. The liquid oxygen tank is located at the top of each rocket stage, with a long feedline running down the booster’s side to reach the engine.”Analyses show that the cavitation originated at the entrance of the propellant feedline, where a filtration screen and turning elbow restrict the propellant flow as it accelerates leaving the tank. This feedline restriction has been present in all previous Delta 4 flights, but the unique combination of vehicle acceleration, liquid level in the tank, and propellant flow rate for this mission, reduced the fluid pressure enough to enable the creation of gaseous oxygen at this location as the tanks emptied,” Wednesday’s Air Force statement said.”Further draining of the liquid oxygen tank worsened the conditions at the feedline inlet, causing the cavitation effect to extend down the feedline until it reached the liquid depletion sensors and caused them to momentarily toggle ‘dry.’ This action was sensed by the flight computer, which initiated the sequence to throttle-down and shut off the main engines as it is programmed to do. Flight data shows that sufficient propellant remained in the tank to complete the planned first stage burn time.”A Fault Tree analysis was used to examine potential causes of the problem, including propulsion, avionics, structures and flight environments. Forty-nine of 50 Fault Tree branches were “closed” after being ruled not credible.”All closures were thoroughly documented, citing multiple sources of supporting evidence drawn from flight data, a range of focused technical analyses and computer simulation results,” the Air Force said.Other propellant phenomena like sloshing and “vapor pull-through” were analyzed and determined to be highly unlikely.”This investigation has followed a deliberate process to ensure no potential causes were missed,” said Maj. Rod Houser, investigation lead for the Air Force. “Our attention is now focused on the final open branch of the Fault Tree dealing with cavitation within the liquid oxygen feed system.” The Boeing Delta 4-Heavy rocket launches from Cape Canaveral on its test flight. Credit: Boeing photo by Carleton BailieEngineers have spent the past two months examining various scenarios to explain the cavitation occurring in the region near the engine cut-off sensors.”Our team used computer models to simulate the flow in the liquid oxygen feedline between the bottom of the propellant tank and the engine cut-off sensors, approximately five feet downstream,” said Mark Baldwin, Boeing’s Delta propulsion analysis manager.”The team enhanced its simulation models incrementally to include the more complex internal features of the liquid oxygen tank and feedline. Simulation runs have been completed with the higher fidelity models, resulting in an increasingly accurate simulation of the flow conditions experienced during the Heavy demonstration flight. These conditions correlated well with measurements taken by the sensors onboard the vehicle.”Boeing is examining options to fix the bubbling problem. Throughout this month, additional computer simulations are being performed to fully analyze the liquid oxygen flow between the bottom of the tanks and the engine cut-off sensors to assist in picking and verifying the corrective actions, the Air Force said.”Boeing is evaluating future missions across its Delta 4 family of launch vehicles so that adequate margin for cavitation exists under the worst case conditions,” a company spokesman said. “Cavitation margin adjustments, if required, can be made by changing the flight profile to throttle the RS-68 earlier, and can also be made by pressurizing the oxygen tank to a higher ullage pressure later in flight.”Boeing is scheduled to launch the GOES N civilian weather satellite from Cape Canaveral atop a Delta 4-Medium rocket on May 4. A Medium vehicle uses just one Common Booster Core — a configuration that has flown three times without fault.That will be followed by the first Delta 4 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, also flying in the Medium version. 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Credit: Justin Ray/Spaceflight NowThe Delta 4-Heavy rocket, made by United Launch Alliance, is scheduled for liftoff Thursday at 1:08 p.m. PST (4:08 p.m. EST; 2108 GMT) from Space Launch Complex 6.The booster is carrying a massive spy satellite like the ones the Titans used to deploy before those rockets were in 2005.When the country’s lead agency for operating intelligence-gathering spacecraft, the National Reconnaissance Office, ordered another big satellite, plans were set in motion to bring the Delta 4-Heavy to Vandenberg. The western spaceport is the nation’s launch site for sending surveillance craft into polar orbits to observe nearly all of the planet’s surface.The SLC-6 pad at Vandenberg, built to support the space shuttles, was ideal for accommodating the Delta 4-Heavy. But engineers liken the complicated machine to launching three rockets at once, and an enhancement to the ground servicing systems was necessary.”We spent the good part of three years…upgrading the launch pad and the base infrastructure, in total more than $100 million in infrastructure improvements,” said Lt. Col. Brady Hauboldt, the Air Force launch director and Vandenberg’s 4th Space Launch Squadron commander.”Most recently over the past year we’ve completed all pad activation and first article testing with that launch vehicle in place to ensure missionsuccess.”The Delta 4-Heavy stands atop SLC-6. Credit: Justin Ray/Spaceflight NowThe Delta 4-Heavy is created by taking three Common Booster Cores — the liquid hydrogen-fueled motor that forms a Delta 4-Medium’s first stage — and strapping them together to form a triple-barrel rocket, then adding a cryogenic upper stage. The combined punch can propel about 50,000 pounds of cargo into polar orbit.Supplying those four stages with the supercold fluids and commodities, keeping the payload comfortable with conditioned air and the special hardware for servicing the 23-story rocket were among the changes made to the site.After hosting a pair of medium-class Delta 4 rocket launches in and , approval for the Heavy modification work came on December 1, 2006, kicking off a design and analysis period that went to July 2007. Ordering of equipment, fabrication and assembly, the installation and the testing stretched from March 2007 to July 2010.”(SLC-6) wasn’t sized or configured to support the Heavy variant, and that decision goes back quite a few years. In fact, I was at the Pentagon when those decisions were being made. It’s ironic now that I get to come back and implement them,” said Hauboldt.Tail service masts await installation on the launch table in this picture taken in June 2008. Credit: Chris Miller/Spaceflight NowMore than 835 parts were bought from over 280 suppliers and 35 contractors, and 370 United Launch Alliance employees and hired labor worked on the pad upgrade, according to Jim Boyle, ULA site director at SLC-6.”We’re modifying existing systems that were already here, just adding the capacity in many cases to handle three-of-things, three Common Booster Cores. But it was an extensive effort, took over three years,” said Boyle.”We had very to little to do with the actual structure of the pad — the concrete, the launch table. It was mostly being able to provide the ability to service.”The specific changes included:Installing box-shaped structures, called tail service masts, to route power, data, gases and the vacuum-jacketed liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen lines to the bottoms of the outboard rocket stages.Helium and gaseous nitrogen supply and system upgrades to feed the bigger rocket.Propulsion system mods in the pad’s pneumatics room and launch mount.Enhancing the pad’s air conditioning unit and the environmental control system ducts to the rocket.Equipping the launch pad’s lower swing arm with umbilicals to interface with the outboard boosters.Adding an upward extension to the top swing arm for providing air conditioning to the nose cone and payload.Adjusting access platforms inside the mobile service gantry.Installing a backup generator to power the extra ground support equipment.Equipping the pad with cooling water and hydrogen burnoff sparklers for the outboard boosters’ main engines.And, late in the program, an auxiliary liquid oxygen storage tank was added to give the launch team a capability for multiple countdowns without needing to replenish reserves.The other substantial effort involved analyzing the sound and rumble the Delta 4-Heavy will created during its slow ascent off the pad.”There’s been some extensive vibration — noise — analysis done to look at how the unique Vandenberg terrain effects the payload and the launch vehicle electronics,” Hauboldt said.”Launching a Heavy out of here makes a lot more acoustics, makes a lot more vibrations than a Medium, so we had to go make sure that not only the pad but the rocket could handle those different environments,” Boyle added.The rocket was constructed at ULA’s factory in Decatur, Alabama. In mid-August 2009, the three booster cores and upper stage were loaded into ocean-going Delta Mariner vessel for a month-long, 4,000+ mile trip through the Panama Canal and around to Vandenberg.After late-September 2009 at the harbor once envisioned for receiving the space shuttle fuel tank barge, the first West Coast Heavy rolled onto California soil and moved up the road to SLC-6 over a three-day period.The Horizontal Integration Facility at the complex is the garage-like hangar were the rocket stages were attached together and tested to verify the Heavy was prepared for the launch pad.While that assembly work was going on, pad-readiness tests were being run to ensure the site would give the rocket a warm welcome in early 2010.The Delta 4-Heavy rolls to the SLC-6 pad in January 2010. Credit: ULA videoRiding horizontally on a motorized hauler, the 184,000-pound rocket was where hydraulic pistons pushed the vehicle atop the pad on January 29.The rest of the year was spent doing exhaustive testing to operate pad systems with the rocket and uncover problems that could be fixed before the real countdown on launch day.”It was an incredibly busy summer, practically like having several otherlaunch campaigns going simultaneously,” Hauboldt said.”It included two tanking tests and numerous wet dress rehearsals to get us comfortable with the systems and configurations. We also had several crew rehearsals to ensure the team was similarly prepared for day of launch. We’ve exercised our new gaseous nitrogen plant extensively. We’ve had logistics demonstrations, security demonstrations. The 30th Space Wing has really gone above and beyond to make sure that everything is in place and ready to go for day of launch.”So now the stage is set for liftoff on Thursday, a critical mission carrying a clandestine satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office and the country’s intelligence analysts.”Bringing a new launch vehicle configuration into Space Launch Complex 6isn’t as simple as stacking a new rocket. Although it’s a Delta 4, the Heavyconfiguration required substantial modification and resizing to handleessentially three rockets on the pad at the same time,” Hauboldt said.”This Delta 4-Heavy is the first-of-its-kind national capability here at Vandenberg. We don’t currently have this ability to launch any heavy satellites into polar orbit. 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The design features the space shuttle Columbia’s historic maiden flight of April 12, 1981.Mercury anniversaryFree shipping to U.S. addresses!Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alan Shephard’s historic Mercury mission with this collectors’ item, the official commemorative embroidered patch.Fallen Heroes Patch CollectionThe official patches from Apollo 1, the shuttle Challenger and Columbia crews are available in the store. | | | | 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.Delta 4-Heavy rocket fires away from Cape Canaveral SPACEFLIGHT NOWPosted: November 11, 2007It is America’s largest unmanned space booster. Its level of complexity causes engineers to liken it to launching three rockets at one time. And its fiery blastoffs create a dazzling yet heart-in-your-throat sight. Now, the mammoth Delta 4-Heavy has entered operational service with Saturday night’s successful ascent carrying a critical surveillance satellite. Credit: Ben Cooper/Spaceflight NowTowering more than 230 feet tall and packing nearly two million pounds of thrust from its three hydrogen-fueled main engines, this rocket is built to loft big payloads. And the roomy nose cone offers spacious accommodations for exceptionally large spacecraft.The Delta 4-Heavy’s characteristics make it well suited for launching a Defense Support Program (DSP) missile warning satellite into geosynchronous orbit 22,300 miles above the planet.But in its lone previous flight three years ago, the Heavy encountered an unexpected problem within its fuel lines, causing the engines to snuff out a few seconds early and leaving the rocket well short of the intended orbit. That December 2004 launch was only a test, an Air Force-financed demonstration flight designed to uncover the unknown flaws in the system before expensive and vital national security payloads were entrusted to the big booster.”It’s always better to find a problem than to have a latent and yet-to-be-discovered (problem). That’s part of why we considered the Heavy demo such a success. It was a very subtle problem, but we found it and we fixed it,” said Col. Jim Planeaux, the Delta group commander at the Space and Missile Systems Center.The test rocket was outfitted with vast amounts of data-collecting sensors to understand all aspects of the ascent, leading to some other changes before the first operational launch. Credit: Ben Cooper/Spaceflight Now”We took a lot of readings on accelerations, vibrations, acoustics in the various compartments of the vehicle. In a few cases (we) determined that they were higher than we expected and we either modified the hardware slightly or moved some of the components to a more benign environment. We finished all of those (modifications) late last year, and we’re very comfortable with the vehicle we’ve got.”Rocket-maker United Launch Alliance and the Air Force, both confident that the Heavy was ready for a real mission, fired off the rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 8:50 p.m. EST (0150 GMT) Saturday evening.Hidden inside the long metallic nose cone rode the Defense Support Program 23 spacecraft, the last in a series of eye-in-the-sky satellites designed to spot enemy missile launches and nuclear explosions. DSP satellites have been flying since November 1970, rocketing into orbit aboard various versions of now-retired Titan rockets and the space shuttle. This final one — DSP 23 — has been waiting more than two years for the new Heavy to hoist it into space.The Delta 4-Heavy is created by taking three Common Booster Cores — the liquid hydrogen-fueled motor that forms a Delta 4-Medium’s first stage — and strapping them together to form a three-wide rocket, and then adding the powerful upper stage.Each 15-story booster core features a Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RS-68 main engine that generates 650,000 pounds of thrust while burning supercold liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen propellants. The cryogenic upper stage has the Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RL10B-2 powerplant. Credit: Ben Cooper/Spaceflight NowAs the countdown entered the final seconds, liquid hydrogen rushed through the three RS-68 engines and then the powerplants roared to ignition. A massive cloud of fire raced up the rocket, creating a visually awesome but terrifying display. A dozen explosive bolts holding the vehicle to pad 37B detonated as clocks struck zero to free the Heavy to begin climbing as three launch pad swing arms pulled back.Data from the test flight showed the ignition fireball created hot temperatures around the nose cone, leading to another change for the DSP satellite launch.”We’ve done a lot of thinking about it since (the test). It does get pretty hot up around even the payload vents. So to mitigate that, we’ve added some modifications to this particular payload fairing to essentially keep the plume out as the vehicle rises and still allow the payload compartment to vent properly,” Planeaux said.”When you’ve got a payload that’s very sensitive to contamination, we had to go through some fairly elaborate measures to ensure we were well protected there.”The three identical main engines, the world’s largest hydrogen-fueled rocket engine and each capable of generating 17 million horsepower, propelled the vehicle into a clear night sky with three distinct red-hot plumes trailing more than 200 feet long.See our image collections:About 50 seconds into flight, the center Common Booster Core’s engine was throttled back to its minimum power level of 57 percent thrust to conserve fuel that became important later. The starboard and port boosters continued firing at full throttle — 102 percent thrust — through the launch’s first four minutes before emptying their liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen propellant tanks and shutting down the RS-68 engines. The boosters peeled away and plummeted into the Atlantic Ocean.Once the outer boosters were shed, the center stage finally throttled back up to 102 percent for more than a minute of propulsion, consuming that fuel supply saved during the period of reduced thrust. The stage was jettisoned about five minutes, 40 seconds after liftoff, leaving the rocket’s upper stage and payload to continue the journey to orbit.About 13 minutes into flight, the upper stage completed its first burn to achieve an initial parking orbit above Earth and entered an hour-long coast mode until it reached the extreme western Pacific Ocean northeast of Australia. That is where the RL10 engine was re-ignited to reach a geosynchronous transfer orbit stretching 22,000 miles at its high point.The stage then coasted in this orbit, eventually reaching the apogee where the RL10 engine was fired for a third time starting at T+plus 6 hours, 10 minutes. The three-minute burn circularized the orbit over the equator off the western coast of South America.At 3:09 a.m. EST, the 5,179-pound DSP satellite was released from the Delta 4-Heavy rocket to complete the launch.”Last night’s successful countdown and flight culminate a tremendous amount of hard work by the entire Air Force launch team and our industry partners. Congratulations to all who made this challenging and spectacular launch of the DSP 23 satellite a reality,” Planeaux said. Credit: Chris Miller/Spaceflight Now”As the first operational launch of a Delta 4 Heavy Lift Vehicle, it marks a major milestone accomplishment for the EELV program and for assured access to space.”Bringing the Heavy version of the Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle family into operational service, the military has now successfully replaced the retired Titan rocket fleet for deploying large satellite payloads.”This success highlights the continued maturization of our EELV program,” said Brig. Gen. Susan Helms, 45th Space Wing commander at Cape Canaveral.Another Heavy is next up on the Delta 4’s launch schedule. An April liftoff is planned from Cape Canaveral to deliver a classified spy satellite into orbit for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.Officials plan a five-month gap between Saturday’s flight and the subsequent launch while engineers complete a thorough review of data.”That has a five-month standoff to digest all of the analysis and redo all of the loads for the payload. But we look forward to not taking any more time than that to launch NROL-26,” said Mark Wilkins, United Launch Alliance vice president for Delta Programs.Another secret NRO launch using a Heavy from the Cape is planned in 2009, followed no sooner than 2010 the first Heavy flight from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base with another NRO payload. Outfitting of that West Coast pad to install equipment for the larger rocket has begun.For more on Defense Support Program 23 satellite launched Saturday night, see our separate story .Additional coverage for subscribers:VIDEO:WIDESCREEN MOVIE OF LAUNCH SHOT FROM PRESS SITE VIDEO:DELTA 4-HEAVY ROCKETS LAUNCHES WITH DSP 23 VIDEO:PRE-LAUNCH NEWS CONFERENCE VIDEO:ANIMATION OF DSP SATELLITE VIDEO:DSP 23 SATELLITE IS TRANSPORTED TO PAD 37B VIDEO:THE DSP 23 SPACECRAFT MOUNTED ATOP ADAPTER VIDEO:FIRST DELTA 4-HEAVY FROM LIFTOFF TO BOOSTER SEP. VIDEO:ONBOARD CAMERA RECORDS FIRST HEAVY LAUNCH VIDEO:ONBOARD CAMERA SEES BOOSTER SEPARATION VIDEO:ONBOARD CAMERA CAPTURES FAIRING JETTISON John Glenn Mission PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The historic first orbital flight by an American is marked by this commemorative patch for John Glenn and Friendship 7.Final Shuttle Mission PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The crew emblem for the final space shuttle mission is available in our store. Get this piece of history!Celebrate the shuttle programFree shipping to U.S. addresses!This special commemorative patch marks the retirement of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. Available in our store!Anniversary Shuttle PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!This embroidered patch commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Program. The design features the space shuttle Columbia’s historic maiden flight of April 12, 1981.Mercury anniversaryFree shipping to U.S. addresses!Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alan Shephard’s historic Mercury mission with this collectors’ item, the official commemorative embroidered patch.Fallen Heroes Patch CollectionThe official patches from Apollo 1, the shuttle Challenger and Columbia crews are available in the store. | | | | 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.Delta 4-Heavy rocket goes vertical at SLC-6SPACEFLIGHT NOW

  15. – On top the windswept summit of a Hawaiian volcano, a NASA instrument attached to the Japanese Subaru telescope measured distant winds raging on a strange world — Titan, the giant moon of Saturn — to help the robotic Huygens probe as it descends through Titan’s murky atmosphere next January.

  16. Posted: October 21, 2011T-00:00LiftoffThe Delta 2 rocket’s main engine and twin vernier steering thrusters are started moments before launch. Six of the nine strap-on solid rocket motors are ignited at T-0 to begin the mission.T+01:04.0Ground SRB BurnoutThe six ground-start Alliant TechSystems-built solid rocket motors consume all their propellant and burn out.T+01:05.5Air-Lit SRM IgnitionThe three remaining solid rocket motors strapped to the Delta 2 rocket’s first stage are ignited.T+01:26.0Jettison SRBsThe spent solid rocket boosters are jettisoned to fall into the Pacific Ocean. The spent casings remained attached until the vehicle passed into preset drop zone, clear of offshore oil platforms.T+02:11.5Jettison Air-Lit SRMsHaving burned out, the three spent air-started solid rocket boosters are jettisoned toward the Pacific Ocean.T+04:23.4Main Engine CutoffAfter consuming its RP-1 fuel and liquid oxygen, the Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RS-27A first stage main engine is shut down. The vernier engines cut off moments later.T+04:31.4Stage SeparationThe Delta rocket’s first stage is separated now, having completed its job. The spent stage will fall into the Pacific Ocean.T+04:36.9Second Stage IgnitionWith the stage jettisoned, the rocket’s second stage takes over. The Aerojet AJ118-K liquid-fueled engine ignites for the first of two firings needed to place the NPP spacecraft into the proper orbit.T+04:41.0Jettison Payload FairingThe 10-foot diameter payload fairing that protected the NPP cargo atop the Delta 2 during the atmospheric ascent is jettisoned is two halves.T+10:23.7Second Stage Cutoff 1The second stage engine shuts down to complete its first firing of the launch. The rocket and attached spacecraft are now in a long coast period before the second stage reignites. The orbit achieved should be 460 nautical miles at apogee, 100 miles at perigee and inclined 98.655 degrees.T+52:05.0Second Stage RestartDelta’s second stage engine reignites for a short firing to boost the elliptical orbit into a more circular one.T+52:26.7Second Stage Cutoff 2The second stage shuts down after a 22-second burn. The orbit achieved should be 445.7 nautical miles at apogee, 438.8 miles at perigee and inclined 98.705 degrees.T+58:45.0NPP SeparationThe NPOESS Preparatory Project spacecraft for NOAA and NASA is released from the Delta 2 rocket, completing the primary launch sequence.T+92:30.0Second Stage RestartDelta’s second stage engine reignites for 39 seconds to perform its planned evasive maneuver to leave the orbital plane of the NPP satellite, resulting in a new orbit of 437.6 nautical miles at apogee, 183.6 nautical miles at perigee and inclined 101.8 degrees.T+98:20.0CubeSat DeploysA half-dozen student-made CubeSats are ejected from carriers on the Delta second stage in three deployment events occurring in 100-second intervals. AubieSat 1, DICE, Explorer 1 (Prime) Unit 2, M-Cubed and RAX 2 are part of NASA’s Educational Launch of Nanosatellite, or ELaNa.T+114:58.6Second Stage RestartDelta’s second stage engine reignites for 32 seconds to deplete its remaining fuel supply, resulting in a new orbit of 399.0 nautical miles at apogee, 100.1 nautical miles at perigee and inclined 107.5 degrees.Data source: ULA.John Glenn Mission PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The historic first orbital flight by an American is marked by this commemorative patch for John Glenn and Friendship 7.Final Shuttle Mission PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The crew emblem for the final space shuttle mission is available in our store. Get this piece of history!Celebrate the shuttle programFree shipping to U.S. addresses!This special commemorative patch marks the retirement of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. Available in our store!Anniversary Shuttle PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!This embroidered patch commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Program. The design features the space shuttle Columbia’s historic maiden flight of April 12, 1981.Mercury anniversaryFree shipping to U.S. addresses!Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alan Shephard’s historic Mercury mission with this collectors’ item, the official commemorative embroidered patch.Fallen Heroes Patch CollectionThe official patches from Apollo 1, the shuttle Challenger and Columbia crews are available in the store. | | | | 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.Delta 4 rocket and Air Force payload joined for launch SPACEFLIGHT NOWPosted: January 4, 2012 Moving from the cleanroom to the Cape Canaveral launching pad, the next update to the U.S. military’s space-based communications network was hoisted aboard its booster rocket Wednesday.File image of a Delta payload leaving Astrotech. Credit: NASA TVThe Wideband Global SATCOM 4 spacecraft, better known as WGS 4, will ride a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket into orbit Jan. 19 from the Florida spaceport’s pad 37B.Liftoff will be possible during a 93-minute window extending from 7:38 to 9:11 p.m. EST (0038-0211 GMT).Already tucked inside the rocket’s five-meter-diameter, 47-foot-tall nose cone, a process that was accomplished before the holidays while still at the spacecraft preparation facility in Titusville, WGS 4 was driven on a specialized transporter across the river, through Kennedy Space Center and over to Complex 37 in the frigid predawn darkness Wednesday.After entering the pad and climbing the ramp to the launch site around 3:30 a.m. EST, the motorized hauler was parked on the backside of the mobile service gantry to complete the 25-mile trip.There, the pad’s crane lowered down to take hold of the payload for carefully hoisting the 6.5-ton satellite into the tower and positioning it atop the rocket’s second stage for attachment.File image of Delta payload ready for hoisting into the pad tower. Credit: NASAThe milestone move kicks off the final two weeks of the pre-launch campaign, which will include integrated testing between the Delta 4 rocket and WGS 4 spacecraft, closeouts of the vehicle compartments for flight and a series of readiness reviews to verify all systems are “go” for blastoff.It will be first rocket launch from Cape Canaveral of the new year and begins the Delta 4 rocket’s 2012 that is dedicated to military service with as many as five flights scheduled from both Florida and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to deploy WGS, GPS and classified National Reconnaissance Office spacecraft.WGS 4 starts an enhanced “block” of satellites with improved bandwidth for communications to the military’s remotely-controlled unmanned aerial drones, which are used for surveillance, intelligence-gathering and offensive operations.The Air Force says it plans to put this WGS 4 spacecraft into service over the Middle East and Southeast Asia for U.S. Central Command and U.S. Pacific Command.An artist’s concept of WGS antenna arrangement. Credit: BoeingWeighing about 13,000 pounds at launch, the craft’s communications package provides shaped, steerable spotbeams of bandwidth wherever requested across its field-of-view for Ka- and X-band frequencies, plus the onboard capability to convert signals from one band to the other. The data transmission rates range from 2.1 to 3.6 Gbps. Once fully unfurled in space, the craft’s solar-power wings will span 134 feet.Three WGS spacecraft are operating in geosynchronous orbit today, and The Boeing Co. has four more in production at its El Segundo factory in Los Angeles. The craft are built upon the company’s powerhouse 702-model design.For over four decades, the Defense Satellite Communications System was the foundation for flowing secure information to military forces around the globe. But that heritage system is being phased out as the aging craft retire and the new WGS satellites ascend to orbit to take advantage of new technology.The final DSCS craft was launched by a Delta 4 rocket in 2003. ()An artist’s concept of WGS spotbeams. Credit: BoeingEach WGS bird possesses 10 times the capacity of a DSCS satellite and offers 19 coverage areas with its steerable antennas versus 8 under the heritage craft.The X-band communications through DSCS and WGS allow data, photos and video to be relayed to troops on the battlefield. But WGS also brings Ka-band to the table for high-volume broadcasting to user terminals across the reception area.At the heart of each WGS is an internal box called a digital channelizer that enables a user with a Ka-band terminal to seamlessly connect to someone with an X-band terminal, or vice versa.But the new Block 2 satellites, beginning with WGS 4, come with a bypass feature for unmanned aerial drone communications to skip the crossbanding path and use two uplink and two downlink channels that offer three times the bandwidth as the normal channels, opening up a much wider pipeline for data to flow.File image of Delta 4 Medium+(5,4) on the pad for WGS 3. Credit: ULAThe Delta 4 carrying WGS 4 will be flying in the Medium+(5,4) configuration, which is the most powerful of the Medium-version rockets and below only the triple-core Heavy in the modular family’s lineup.The Medium+(5,4) has a five-meter-diameter upper stage loaded with more cryogenic propellants than the optional four-meter motor used for other launches, such as GPS missions. The rocket also has a full set of four solid-fuel boosters strapped to the first stage, double the number used for GPS and other lower-weight payloads.The first stage is powered by the RS-68 hydrogen-fed main engine and the upper stage has the RL10B-2 engine, the powerplants used on all 17 Delta 4 missions to date.With WGS 4 now aboard, the fully stacked rocket stands 217 feet, 7 inches tall and looks ready for blastoff in just 15 days. Additional coverage for subscribers:VIDEO:DELTA 4 ROCKET LAUNCHES WITH WGS 3 VIDEO:ATLAS 5 ROCKET LAUNCHES WITH WGS 2 VIDEO:LAUNCH PREPARATIONS VIDEO:WGS 1 LAUNCH SEEN FROM PRESS SITE VIDEO:PRE-LAUNCH NEWS CONFERENCE John Glenn Mission PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The historic first orbital flight by an American is marked by this commemorative patch for John Glenn and Friendship 7.Final Shuttle Mission PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The crew emblem for the final space shuttle mission is available in our store. Get this piece of history!Celebrate the shuttle programFree shipping to U.S. addresses!This special commemorative patch marks the retirement of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. Available in our store!Anniversary Shuttle PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!This embroidered patch commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Program. The design features the space shuttle Columbia’s historic maiden flight of April 12, 1981.Mercury anniversaryFree shipping to U.S. addresses!Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alan Shephard’s historic Mercury mission with this collectors’ item, the official commemorative embroidered patch.Fallen Heroes Patch CollectionThe official patches from Apollo 1, the shuttle Challenger and Columbia crews are available in the store. | | | | 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.Delta 4 rocket awaits launch on NROL-25 Take a tour around the remarkable Space Launch Complex 6, originally built for the Manned Orbiting Laboratory, redone for military space shuttle missions and now home to the United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket. The 21-story booster stands within the protective confines of its mobile gantry awaiting the countdown to the NROL-25 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office.See our for the latest news on the launch.Photo credit: /Spaceflight NowDelta 4 rocket blasts off with classified NRO satellite BY WILLIAM HARWOOD

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  27. Credit: NASA/Carla CioffiLaunch tower retracted at Minotaur padThe service structure at the Kodiak Launch Complex rolled away from the Minotaur 4 rocket at about 12 p.m. local time Friday, four-and-a-half hours before the scheduled liftoff with seven small satellites for the U.S. military, NASA and university students. These images show the tower retraction and local scenery during the final countdown, including a buffalo herd that shares the facility with rocket operations.Photo credit: Stephen Clark/Spaceflight Now | | | | 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.Launch visibility mapCredit: Orbital Sciences Corp.

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