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Secret Delta IV Heavy rocket launch postponed indefinitely

Update: The launch of the Delta IV Heavy rocket has been postponed indefinitely. According to A tweet from United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced Thursday that a problem with a gaseous nitrogen pipeline has forced the team to scrap the mission and choose a new date. The report states:

“The team is continuing to fix the pipeline and need more time to build confidence in the system. We will continue to work with our customer to confirm our next release attempt and will provide a new date upon resolution.”

Due to this issue, the release has been moved to Friday (March 29) at 1:37 PM EDT. Here is F
Full report Published by United Publishing Alliance:

“The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy missile systems carrying the NROL-70 mission for the National Intelligence Service were purged due to a problem with a nitrogen pipeline supplying pneumatic pressure. The team initiated safety measures. The vehicle. The release is now Friday, March 29 at 1:37 p.m. EDT. planned.”
United Launch Alliance's (ULA) last Delta rocket is set to launch tomorrow (March 29) at 1:37pm ET (5:37pm GMT) on a classified mission by the US National Intelligence Office (NRO) – you can watch. It lives here.

The launch will end a 64-year run for the Delta rocket fleet, which is designed to lift large payloads into space. The Delta IV Heavy rocket, launched since 2004, will carry one last secret cargo from Space Launch Complex-37 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

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