8/29/2013 - VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A United Launch Alliance Delta IV-Heavy rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload launched by team Vandenberg from Space Launch Complex-6 here Wednesday at 11:03 am PST.
Col. Keith Balts, 30th Space Wing commander, was the launch decision authority.
"The teamwork between the 30th Space Wing, the 4th Space Launch
Squadron, the National Reconnaissance Office, United Launch Alliance,
and numerous other agencies was outstanding," said Balts. "This is
Vandenberg's equivalent of an air show or open house and our opportunity
to share with the public. We are lucky enough to do this 10-11 times a
This was the second Delta IV-Heavy for Vandenberg, with the first launch
occurring Jan. 20, 2011 and is the largest rocket ever to launch from
the West Coast of the United States.