The 209-foot by 110-foot American flag painted on the side of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at Kennedy Space Center is back to its original glory.
The flag was damaged during the hurricanes of 2004 when winds pulled panels from the side of the 525-foot-high VAB. Each star on the flag is more than six feet in diameter and each stripe is nine feet wide.
“The delivery of the CBCs brings us another step closer to the first operational launch for the Delta Heavy,” said Bill Cullen, director of Boeing Delta IV launch operations. “The Delta team continues to operate with 100% mission success.”
The Delta Mariner “rocket ship” transports the Delta IV common booster cores and other hardware from Decatur, Ala., to launch sites in Florida and California. By adjusting the amount of water the ship holds as ballast, the Delta Mariner cruises between four to five knots in river water only nine feet (2.7 meters) deep, or can punch up the speed to more than 15 knots in the wide-open sea.
Following the unloading of the 150-foot long CBCs from the Mariner, the boosters were transported to the Horizontal Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 37 where all three CBCs will be strapped together to be readied for launch.
The second Boeing Delta IV Heavy rocket will launch the 23rd and final Defense Support Program (DSP-23) satellite for the U.S. Air Force later this year. The largest of the Delta IV family, the Heavy version features three CBCs mounted together to form a triple-body rocket – America’s most powerful unmanned launch vehicle.
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