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Thursday, November 1, 2012

30th Anniversary Milestone: First Delta IV launch

11/1/2012 - Peterson AFB, Colo. -- Air Force Space Command is celebrating its 30th Anniversary! Here is a significant milestone from the command's history ...

On 1 November 2002, the first Delta IV was launched from Capt Canaveral AFS, Fla., placing a commercial communications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit. Boeing's Delta IV family of launch vehicles is designed for optimum performance for a wide range of flight profiles, and is capable of carrying payloads ranging from 9,327 lbs to 28,124 lbs to geosynchronous transfer orbit. The Delta IV Medium, Medium-Plus and Heavy configurations combine highly reliable, flight proven systems from Delta II and III, while incorporating the latest technology into a family of vehicles maximizing the use of common hardware.

The Delta IV is part of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program, known as EELV, which is designed to improve our nation's access to space by making space launch vehicles more affordable and reliable. USAF has developed a revised EELV acquisition strategy that meets national security launch requirement, economic efficiencies, industrial base stability and maintains critical national capability.

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