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L-1 Media Update: ULA Delta IV Heavy NROL-71 Set to Launch

Status Report From: United Launch Alliance
Posted: Friday, January 18, 2019

Everything is progressing toward the ULA Delta IV Heavy launch carrying the NROL-71 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office. The mission is set to lift off on a Delta IV Heavy rocket on Saturday, Jan. 19 from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The forecast remains a a 70 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch. The launch time is 11:05 a.m. PST.

 

Remote Camera Set Up and Launch

Credentialed media planning to set up remote cameras on SLC-6 should meet at the Vandenberg South Gate no later than 1:30 p.m. PST today, Friday, Jan. 18.

 

Credentialed media covering launch should meet at the Vandenberg South Gate no later than 9:30 a.m. PST on Saturday, Jan. 19.   

 

Launch Forecast Summary:

Overall probability of violating weather constraints: 30%

Primary concerns: Ground Winds

 

Overall probability of violating weather constraints for 24 hour delay: 60%

Primary concern: Ground Winds

 

Launch Broadcast

Live broadcast coverage of launch will begin at 10:45 a.m. PST on Jan.19.

Live launch updates and webcast available at: www.ulalaunch.com

 

*Note: Satellite frequencies changed from previous attempts

 

ALL TIMES PACIFIC

  

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19

BARS + TONE – 10:14 A.M.

PROGRAM START – 10:45 A.M.

LAUNCH  11:05 A.M

 

DIGITAL SATELLITE C-BAND DOWNLINK
HD FORMAT
SATELLITE — G3
TRANSPONDER — 2
BAND — C-BAND DIGITAL
ORBITAL POSITION — 95°W
HD BANDWIDTH — 18 MHz (HALF TRANSPONDER)

UPLINK — 5,974.000 MHz (Horizontal)

DOWNLINK — 3,749.000 MHz (Vertical)
SYMBOL RATE — 13
FEC — ¾
DATA RATE — 17.9705
DVBS – QPSK
MPEG 2
AUDIO EMBEDDED

 

Webcast available at www.ulalaunch.com and www.youtube.com/unitedlaunchalliance 


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