United Launch Alliance (ULA) has announced its Delta IV heavy rocket is in final reparations to launch NASA´s Parker Solar Probe from Space Launch Complex-37 on August 11, the company said.
NASA selected ULA´s Delta IV Heavy for its unique ability to deliver the necessary energy to begin the Parker Solar Probe´s journey to the sun. After launch, the spacecraft will orbit directly through the solar atmosphere — the corona — closer to the surface than any human-made object has ever gone.
The Delta IV Heavy is the nation´s proven heavy lifter, delivering high-priority missions for the US Air Force, National Reconnaissance Office and NASA. With its advanced upper stage, Delta IV Heavy can take more than 14,500 pounds directly to geosynchronous orbit, as well as a wide variety of complex interplanetary trajectories.
This will be the 37th launch of the Delta IV rocket, and the 10th in the Heavy configuration. To date ULA has a track record of 100 percent mission success with 128 successful launches.
United Launch Alliance is the nation´s most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has delivered more than 125 satellites to orbit that aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather, unlock the mysteries of the solar system, provide critical capabilities for troops in the field and enable personal device-based GPS navigation.