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Delta IV Heavy NROL-71 successfully launched

Delta IV Heavy NROL-71 successfully launched

Team Vandenberg supported the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload from Space Launch Complex-6 here, Saturday, Jan. 19, at 11:10 am PST. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

Delta IV Heavy NROL-71 successfully launched

Team Vandenberg supported the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload from Space Launch Complex-6 here, Saturday, Jan. 19, at 11:10 am PST. (Airman 1st Class Aubree Milks/Released)

Delta IV Heavy NROL-71 successfully launched

Team Vandenberg supported the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload from Space Launch Complex-6 here, Saturday, Jan. 19, at 11:10 am PST. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Wear/Released)

Delta IV Heavy NROL-71 successfully launched

Team Vandenberg supported the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload from Space Launch Complex-6 here, Saturday, Jan. 19, at 11:10 am PST. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hanah Abercrombie/Released)

Delta IV Heavy NROL-71 successfully launched

Team Vandenberg supported the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload from Space Launch Complex-6 here, Saturday, Jan. 19, at 11:10 am PST. (Tech. Sgt. Patrick A. Harrower/Released)

Delta IV Heavy NROL-71 successfully launched

Team Vandenberg supported the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload from Space Launch Complex-6 here, Saturday, Jan. 19, at 11:10 am PST. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson)

Delta IV Heavy NROL-71 successfully launched

Team Vandenberg supported the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload from Space Launch Complex-6 here, Saturday, Jan. 19, at 11:10 am PST. (Airman 1st Class Aubree Milks/Released)

Delta IV Heavy NROL-71 successfully launched

Team Vandenberg supported the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload from Space Launch Complex-6 here, Saturday, Jan. 19, at 11:10 am PST. (Airman 1st Class Aubree Milks/Released)

Delta IV Heavy NROL-71 successfully launched

Team Vandenberg supported the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload from Space Launch Complex-6 here, Saturday, Jan. 19, at 11:10 am PST. (Airman 1st Class Aubree Milks/Released)

Delta IV Heavy NROL-71 successfully launched
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Team Vandenberg supported the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload from Space Launch Complex-6 here, Saturday, Jan. 19, at 11:10 am PST. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

Team Vandenberg supported the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload from Space Launch Complex-6 here, Saturday, Jan. 19, at 11:10 am PST.

Col. Bob Reeves, 30th Space Vice Wing commander, was the space launch commander.

"Congratulations to the 30th Space Wing, United Launch Alliance and the National Reconnaissance Office for a successful mission," said Reeves. "The entire team worked diligently to ensure mission assurance, public safety, and mission success on the Western Range."

This mission was launched aboard a Delta IV Heavy configuration Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle. The EELV program was established by the U.S. Air Force to provide assured access to space for Department of Defense and other government payloads.