NRO Awards ULA Contract for Delta IV Heavy Launch

Parker Solar Probe will launch on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The mission requires such a powerful launch vehicle – despite the spacecraft’s relatively small size – because of the energy needed to achieve Parker Solar Probe’s Sun-grazing orbit. (Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Ed Whitman)

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — ULA has announced that the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) has awarded the company a contract for a satellite launch aboard the Delta IV Heavy rocket.
“We are honored the NRO selected ULA’s Delta IV Heavy rocket for this important national security mission. ULA remains the only launch vehicle provider capable of launching to all the current reference missions to meet the needs of the national security market. We look forward to continuing to provide reliable, on-time launch services as we transform our company to make access to space more affordable,” ULA President and CEO Tory Bruno said in a press release.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed.