Delta 4 takes off on military mission

July 29, 2014 1:29 AM

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Delta 4 takes off on military mission

Running five days late because of stormy weather and trouble with ground equipment, a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket finally thundered to life and climbed away from Cape Canaveral Monday, boosting a pair of space surveillance spacecraft toward orbit to monitor space debris and anything else that might threaten U.S. military satellites.

Gen. William Shelton, commander of U.S. Air Force Space Command, recently told reporters the two satellites will act as a "neighborhood watch" in the 22,300-mile-high geosynchronous orbits where many of the nation's national security spacecraft operate, providing trajectory data for debris avoidance...

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