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RocketShip delivers Delta IV Heavy boosters at VAFB

The hatch opens on a United Launch Alliance barge, known as the RocketShip, revealing Delta IV Heavy boosters April 5, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The barge docked at Vandenberg AFB to offload Delta IV Heavy boosters for an upcoming launch scheduled to occur later this year. The barge operation is a vital first step to executing the mission of assured access to space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aubree Owens)

The hatch opens on a United Launch Alliance barge, known as the RocketShip, revealing Delta IV Heavy boosters April 5, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The barge docked at Vandenberg AFB to offload Delta IV Heavy boosters for an upcoming launch scheduled to occur later this year. The barge operation is a vital first step to executing the mission of assured access to space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aubree Owens)

The hatch opens on a United Launch Alliance barge, known as the RocketShip, revealing Delta IV Heavy boosters April 5, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The barge docked at Vandenberg AFB to offload Delta IV Heavy boosters for an upcoming launch scheduled to occur later this year. The barge operation is a vital first step to executing the mission of assured access to space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aubree Owens)

The hatch opens on a United Launch Alliance barge, known as the RocketShip, revealing Delta IV Heavy boosters April 5, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The barge docked at Vandenberg AFB to offload Delta IV Heavy boosters for an upcoming launch scheduled to occur later this year. The barge operation is a vital first step to executing the mission of assured access to space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aubree Owens)

Mission partners and base members extract a Delta IV Heavy booster from a United Launch Alliance barge, known as the RocketShip, April 5, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The barge docked at Vandenberg AFB to offload Delta IV Heavy boosters for an upcoming launch scheduled to occur later this year. The barge operation is a vital first step to executing the mission of assured access to space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aubree Owens)

Mission partners and base members extract a Delta IV Heavy booster from a United Launch Alliance barge, known as the RocketShip, April 5, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The barge docked at Vandenberg AFB to offload Delta IV Heavy boosters for an upcoming launch scheduled to occur later this year. The barge operation is a vital first step to executing the mission of assured access to space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aubree Owens)

A United Launch Alliance barge, known as the RocketShip, waits to enter the docking area April 4, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The barge docked April 5, 2020 at Vandenberg AFB to offload Delta IV Heavy boosters for an upcoming launch scheduled to occur later this year. The barge operation is a vital first step to executing the mission of assured access to space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aubree Owens)

A United Launch Alliance barge, known as the RocketShip, waits to enter the docking area April 4, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The barge docked April 5, 2020 at Vandenberg AFB to offload Delta IV Heavy boosters for an upcoming launch scheduled to occur later this year. The barge operation is a vital first step to executing the mission of assured access to space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aubree Owens)

A United Launch Alliance barge, known as the RocketShip, docks April 5, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The barge docked at Vandenberg AFB to offload Delta IV Heavy boosters for an upcoming launch scheduled to occur later this year. The barge operation is a vital first step to executing the mission of assured access to space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aubree Owens)

A United Launch Alliance barge, known as the RocketShip, docks April 5, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The barge docked at Vandenberg AFB to offload Delta IV Heavy boosters for an upcoming launch scheduled to occur later this year. The barge operation is a vital first step to executing the mission of assured access to space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aubree Owens)

A United Launch Alliance barge, known as the RocketShip, waits to enter the docking area April 5, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The barge docked at Vandenberg AFB to offload Delta IV Heavy boosters for an upcoming launch scheduled to occur later this year. The barge operation is a vital first step to executing the mission of assured access to space (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aubree Owens)

A United Launch Alliance barge, known as the RocketShip, waits to enter the docking area April 5, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The barge docked at Vandenberg AFB to offload Delta IV Heavy boosters for an upcoming launch scheduled to occur later this year. The barge operation is a vital first step to executing the mission of assured access to space (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aubree Owens)

Members of TracTide Marine Corporation prepare to conduct a safety check during an offload of Delta IV Heavy boosters April 5, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The TracTide members are based out of Port Hueneme, Calif., and assisted during the offload of the boosters to ensure the safety of the members and the United Launch Alliance barge, known as the RocketShip. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aubree Owens)

Members of TracTide Marine Corporation prepare to conduct a safety check during an offload of Delta IV Heavy boosters April 5, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The TracTide members are based out of Port Hueneme, Calif., and assisted during the offload of the boosters to ensure the safety of the members and the United Launch Alliance barge, known as the RocketShip. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aubree Owens)

Jason Diaz, TracTide Marine Corporation water operator, conducts a safety check during an offload of Delta IV Heavy boosters April 5, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The TracTide members are based out of Port Hueneme, Calif., and assisted during the offload of the boosters to ensure the safety of the members and the United Launch Alliance barge, known as the RocketShip. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aubree Owens)

Jason Diaz, TracTide Marine Corporation water operator, conducts a safety check during an offload of Delta IV Heavy boosters April 5, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The TracTide members are based out of Port Hueneme, Calif., and assisted during the offload of the boosters to ensure the safety of the members and the United Launch Alliance barge, known as the RocketShip. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aubree Owens)

Tom Lattoz, United Launch Alliance technician, prepares to secure a Delta IV Heavy booster for transport April 5, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. A United Launch Alliance barge, known as the RocketShip, docked at Vandenberg AFB to offload Delta IV Heavy for an upcoming launch scheduled to occur later this year. The barge operation is a vital first step to executing the mission of assured access to space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aubree Owens)

Tom Lattoz, United Launch Alliance technician, prepares to secure a Delta IV Heavy booster for transport April 5, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. A United Launch Alliance barge, known as the RocketShip, docked at Vandenberg AFB to offload Delta IV Heavy for an upcoming launch scheduled to occur later this year. The barge operation is a vital first step to executing the mission of assured access to space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aubree Owens)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

A United Launch Alliance barge, carrying Delta IV Heavy booster cores, second stage and payload faring, docked and delivered the rocket body parts April 5, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

The ULA barge, known as the RocketShip, delivered the parts in preparation for an upcoming launch scheduled for later this year showcasing the ongoing mission amidst COVID-19.

“We have been anticipating and planning this operation in coordination with ULA for several months,” said 1st Lt. Jasmine Toye, 2nd Space Launch Squadron mission integration manager. “No matter the circumstances, we have one job: perform the mission. Now is no different.”

The arrival of the Delta IV Heavy is a vital first step in ensuring space superiority through assured access to space.

“We are continuing to work with our launch partners to ensure the Western Range remains postured to launch,” said Col. Anthony Mastalir, 30th Space Wing commander. “COVID-19 may be the threat at the forefront of everyone’s mind, and we are certainly taking all the necessary precautions to address that threat, but make no mistake, our national security still depends on our ability to launch rockets.”

The rocket parts were ultimately delivered to ULA’s Horizontal Integration Facility, where they will be configured for the next several months before being erected into Space Launch Complex-6 for final integration and launch.