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UPDATE: Canoga Park Engines Lift Spy Satellite to Low-Earth Orbit

Rocket engines were manufactured by Aerojet-Rocketdyne.

Delta IV rocket launches. (Credit: Pat Corkery, United Launch Alliance)
Delta IV rocket launches. (Credit: Pat Corkery, United Launch Alliance)

Update: A massive rocket carrying a spy satellite for the U.S. government launched at 11:03 a.m. from the central California coast Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

The Delta IV Heavy rocket, powered by engines built in Canoga Park, soared off the launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base, about 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles, and sped toward low-Earth orbit, officials at United Launch Alliance said.

Since the mission is classified, no other details were available.

Earlier story: Watch the northwestern sky beginning at 10:52 a.m. Wednesday to see the launch of a spy satellite aboard a Delta IV Heavy rocket powered by engines made in Canoga Park.

"The three hydrogen-burning RS-68 engines on the rocket were manufactured by Aerojet-Rocketdyne at its Canoga Park plant, as were the upper-stage engine and multiple altitude control thrusters. Aerojet-Rocketdyne is owned by GenCorp Inc. in Sacramento," according to the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.

The Delta IV Heavy is America's largest rocket. It will be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, north of Santa Barbara.

Liz Pierce August 29, 2013 at 07:27 AM
more top secret things from the administration that promised transparency....
Tom August 29, 2013 at 07:41 AM
It's not top secret anymore.
WayBeyondRedemption August 29, 2013 at 08:16 AM
Yeah, the United States now has a Satellite that's so sophisticated, that it can tell how wet you are, right under your testicles!!!!!!
Allen Burnett August 29, 2013 at 10:50 AM
Not the biggest or most powerful. The Saturn V is, and there are still some in existence.
Mainard Patricia August 29, 2013 at 12:05 PM
It amazes how we spend so much money and time snooping and so little time helping those living in poverty levels including those elderly who paid taxes all there working lives and let all our infrastructures fall behind sticking our noses where they dont belong and call ourselves the greatest nation.

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