ULA Caps Banner Launch Year with Successful Delta II NASA WISE Launch
- WISE Will Scan the Entire Sky Using an Infrared Telescope With Sensitivity Hundreds of Times Greater Than Ever Before Possible
"I congratulate NASA, the 30th Space Wing, and all of our mission partners on a successful launch campaign, which culminated in today's picture perfect launch," said Jim Sponnick, Vice President, Delta Product Line. "My thanks to the NASA Kennedy Space Center Launch Services Program (LSP) for the outstanding teamwork demonstrated throughout the six ULA/NASA KSC launches this year. The men and women of ULA are extremely proud of our mission success record while merging the Atlas and Delta product lines into one cohesive team. Launching successfully 16 times in one year is no easy feat and 37 missions in 36 months is certainly a high water mark for our industry. We look forward to a great 2010 with several critical missions ahead of us."
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WISE will scan the entire sky using an infrared telescope with sensitivity hundreds of times greater than ever before possible, picking up the glow of hundreds of millions of objects and producing millions of images. The mission will uncover objects never seen, including the coolest stars, the universe's most luminous galaxies and some of the darkest near-Earth asteroids and comets.
For the WISE mission, the spacecraft was launched on a Delta II 7320-10C configuration vehicle featuring a ULA first stage booster powered by a Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RS-27A main engine and three Alliant Techsystems (ATK) strap-on solid rocket motors. An Aerojet AJ10-118K engine powered the second stage. The payload was encased by a 10-foot-diameter composite payload fairing.
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Source : United Launch Alliance