Biggest Rocket in US to Launch Wednesday

Biggest Rocket in US to Launch Wednesday
# 28 August 2013 20:40 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. A giant rocket more than 21 stories tall is set to launch into space Wednesday from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, on a covert mission for the US government’s National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), according to United Launch Alliance (ULA), which built the rocket.

"There's nothing bigger that the United States launches – period – in any way, shape or form, and that is absolutely amazing," said Lt. Col. Jim Bodnar, commander of the 4th Space Launch Squadron at Vandenberg, in a press release, APA reports quoting RA Novosti.

The massive Delta IV Heavy rocket will carry “a massive, top-secret spy satellite” that analysts say “is probably a $1-billion high-powered spy satellite capable of snapping pictures detailed enough to distinguish the make and model of an automobile hundreds of miles below,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

“The mission of the payload being launched today is classified so we cannot provide additional details,” said an NRO spokeswoman in an email to RIA Novosti.

“Nothing connects us all to the mission and each other like a collective, base-wide viewing of a 235-foot (72 meters), triple-wide rocket launch — only the second Delta 4-Heavy in Vandenberg's history,” said Col. Keith Balts, 30th Space Wing commander, in the Vandenberg release.

The launch uses three main engines and a new strategy designed to reduce the flames produced during liftoff by lighting one engine just two seconds before the other two,according to space news site Spaceflight Now.

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