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Delta IV Launch

Release Number: 070606

Vandenberg AFB is set to conduct the inaugural West Coast launch of a Boeing Delta IV rocket June 27. The launch period will be 7 to 9 p.m. The rocket will carry a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. 

Col. Jack Weinstein, 30th Space Wing commander, is the spacelift commander, or final "go for launch" authority, for this mission. The 30th Space Wing is the Air Force Space Command organization responsible for all Department of Defense space and missile launch activities on the West Coast of the United States. 

Tuesday's Delta IV launch will use the medium+ configuration of the booster's five design options, which enables it to place payloads in orbit ranging from nearly 9,000 pounds to more than 27,000 pounds. 

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Note to Editors: The following media opportunities are available for members of the media accredited by 30th Space Wing Public Affairs. For accreditation, call Staff Sgt. Allen Puckett at (805) 606-2320. 

Remote camera set-up/Tower rollback: Both events are planned for Monday. The times of the events will be based on the weather conditions of that day. Media interested in attending either event must call Staff Sgt. Allen Puckett at (805) 606-2320 or (805) 588-9387 by 8 a.m. Monday for schedules and information. 

Launch viewing of the Delta IV: Tuesday, a media escort will depart the Main Gate Visitor's Center at 7 p.m. Launch officials from Boeing, the National Reconnaissance Office and the 4th Space Launch Squadron will be available for interviews at the media viewing site prior to launch. 

Questions concerning the Delta IV launch vehicle should be directed to Paula Shawa at (714) 290-3975 or Doug Shores at (256) 476-3502. Questions concerning the payload should be directed to National Reconnaissance Office Public Affairs at (703) 808-1013.