List of Thor and Delta launches (2010–19)

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As of October 2018, only the Delta IV remains in production. Single-stick versions of Delta IV will be retired in 2019 and replaced by Atlas V, leaving the Delta IV Heavy the only remaining operational member of the Delta family, flying defense missions.[1]

Notable missions[edit]

Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL)[edit]

Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 (OCO-2)[edit]

Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1)[edit]

Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP)[edit]

Launch statistics[edit]

Rocket configurations[edit]

1
2
3
4
5
6
  •   Delta II (7000)
  •   Delta II (7000H)
  •   Delta IV (4,2)
  •   Delta IV (5,2)
  •   Delta IV (5,4)
  •   Delta IV Heavy

Launch sites[edit]

1
2
3
4
5
6
2010
'11
'12
'13
'14
'15
'16
'17
'18
  •   Cape Canaveral SLC-17B
  •   Cape Canaveral SLC-37B
  •   Vandenberg SLC-2W
  •   Vandenberg SLC-6

Launch outcomes[edit]

1
2
3
4
5
6
2010
'11
'12
'13
'14
'15
'16
'17
'18
'19
  •   Failure
  •   Success
  •   Planned

Launch history[edit]

2010[edit]

There were 4 Thor missiles launched in 2010. All 4 launches were successful.

Flight № Date / time (UTC) Rocket,
Configuration
Launch site Payload Payload mass Orbit Customer Launch
outcome
348 4 March 2010
23:57
Delta IV M+ (4,2) CCAFS SLC-37B GOES-P (GOES-15) 3,238 kg GTO NASA Success[2]
NOAA Weather satellite in the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) program. Replaced GOES 11 as the GOES West satellite.
349 28 May 2010
03:00
Delta IV M+ (4,2) CCAFS SLC-37B USA-213 (GPS IIF SV-1) 1,630 kg MEO US Air Force Success[3]
Navigation satellite
350 6 November 2010
02:20
Delta II 7420-10C VAFB SLC-2W COSMO-4 1,900 kg SSO Italian Space Agency Success[4][5]
Earth imaging / One of four reconnaissance and Earth observation satellites. The satellite's imagery will be applied to defense and security assurance in Italy and other countries, seismic hazard analysis, environmental disaster monitoring, and agricultural mapping. [6]
351 21 November 2010
22:58
Delta IV Heavy CCAFS SLC-37B USA-223 (NROL-32) Classified GEO US NRO Success[7]
ELINT satellite

2011[edit]

There were 6 Thor missiles launched in 2011. All 6 launches were successful.

Flight № Date / time (UTC) Rocket,
Configuration
Launch site Payload Payload mass Orbit Customer Launch
outcome
352 20 January 2011
21:10
Delta IV Heavy VAFB SLC-6 USA-224 (NROL-49) 19,600 kg LEO US NRO Success[8]
Reconnaissance satellite. First Delta IV Heavy launch from Vandenberg[8]
353 11 March 2011
23:38
Delta IV M+ (4,2) CCAFS SLC-37B USA-227 (NROL-27) 2335 kg GTO US NRO Success[9]
Military comsat.
354 10 June 2011
14:20
Delta II 7320-10C VAFB SLC-2W SAC-D 1,350 kg SSO CONAE / NASA Success[10]
A technology demonstration and Earth observation satellite. The launch was delayed from May 2010 because development of the spacecraft was taking longer than expected.[11]
355 16 July 2011
06:41
Delta IV M+ (4,2) CCAFS SLC-37B USA-232 (GPS IIF-2) 1,630 kg MEO US Air Force Success[12]
Navigation satellite
356 10 September 2011
13:08
Delta II 7920H-10C CCAFS SLC-17B GRAIL 307 kg Lunar orbit NASA/JPL Success[13]
Final Delta II Heavy launch and final launch from SLC-17 at CCAFS. Part of NASA's Discovery Program which used high-quality gravitational field mapping of the Moon to determine its interior structure. The launch was delayed several days due to high level winds and an issue with the rocket's propulsion system that was detected while the Delta 2 rocket was drained of fuel.
357 28 October 2011
09:48
Delta II 7920-10C VAFB SLC-2W Suomi NPP / ELaNa III 1,400 kg SSO NASA / NOAA / DoD Success[14]
A weather satellite that acts as a bridge between POES satellites and the Joint Polar Satellite System. The satellite measures climate data. The launch also included the secondary payload ELaNa III, 5 CubeSats that are part of the Educational Launch of Nanosatellites NASA program.

2012[edit]

There were 4 Thor missiles launched in 2012. All 4 launches were successful.

Flight № Date / time (UTC) Rocket,
Configuration
Launch site Payload Payload mass Orbit Customer Launch
outcome
358 20 January 2012
00:38
Delta IV M+ (5,4) CCAFS SLC-37B USA-233 (WGS-4) 5,987 kg GTO US Air Force Success[15]
Military comsat
359 3 April 2012
23:12
Delta IV M+ (5,2) VAFB SLC-6 USA-234 (NROL-25) Classified LEO US NRO Success[16]
First Delta IV Medium+ (5,2) launch, Reconnaissance satellite
360 29 June 2012
13:15
Delta IV Heavy CCAFS SLC-37B USA-237 (NROL-15) Classified GSO US NRO Success[17]
First flight with RS-68A engines, ELINT satellite
361 4 October 2012
12:10
Delta IV M+ (4,2) CCAFS SLC-37B USA-239 (GPS IIF-3) 1,630 kg MEO US Air Force Success[18]
Upper stage anomaly[19], Satellite navigation

2013[edit]

There were 3 Thor missiles launched in 2013. All 3 launches were successful.

Flight № Date / time (UTC) Rocket,
Configuration
Launch site Payload Payload mass Orbit Customer Launch
outcome
362 25 May 2013
00:27
Delta IV M+ (5,4) CCAFS SLC-37B USA-243 (WGS-5) 5,987 kg GTO US Air Force Success[20]
Military comsat
363 8 August 2013
00:29
Delta IV M+ (5,4) CCAFS SLC-37B USA-244 (WGS-6) 5,987 kg GTO US Air Force Success[21]
Military comsat
364 28 August 2013
18:03
Delta IV Heavy VAFB SLC-6 USA-245 (NROL-65) Classified LEO US NRO Success[22]
First launch with staggered ignition sequence; New Delta IV Heavy launch standard, Reconnaissance satellite

2014[edit]

There were 5 Thor missiles launched in 2014. All 5 launches were successful.

Flight № Date / time (UTC) Rocket,
Configuration
Launch site Payload Payload mass Orbit Customer Launch
outcome
365 21 February 2014
01:59
Delta IV M+ (4,2) CCAFS SLC-37B USA-248 (GPS IIF-5) 1,630 kg MEO US Air Force Success[23]
25th Delta IV launch, Satellite navigation
366 17 May 2014
00:03
Delta IV M+ (4,2) CCAFS SLC-37B USA-251 (GPS IIF-6) 1,630 kg MEO US Air Force Success[24]
Navigation satellite
367 2 July 2014
09:56
Delta II 7320-10C VAFB SLC-2W OCO-2 131 kg SSO NASA Success[25]
Climate research satellite being used to study carbon dioxide concentrations and distributions in the atmosphere. The initial launch attempt on 1 July at 09:56:44 UTC was scrubbed at 46 seconds on the countdown clock due to a faulty valve on the water suppression system, used to flow water on the launch pad to dampen the acoustic energy during launch.
368 28 July 2014
23:28
Delta IV M+ (4,2) CCAFS SLC-37B USA-253/254/255 (AFSPC-4 (GSSAP #1/#2/ANGELS)) Classified GEO DoD/AFRL Success[26]
Space surveillance / Technology demonstration
369 5 December 2014
12:05
Delta IV Heavy CCAFS SLC-37B EFT-1 25,848 kg MEO NASA Success[27]
First Delta IV Heavy launch for NASA. The mission was a four-hour, two-orbit test of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. The launch was delayed several hours due to weather and technical reasons.

2015[edit]

There were 3 Thor missiles launched in 2015. All 3 launches were successful.

Flight № Date / time (UTC) Rocket,
Configuration
Launch site Payload Payload mass Orbit Customer Launch
outcome
370 31 January 2015
14:22
Delta II 7320-10C VAFB SLC-2W SMAP/ELaNa X 944 kg SSO NASA Success[28]
Final launch of Delta II 7300 series[1]. Environmental research satellite. SMAP provides measurements of the land surface soil moisture and freeze-thaw state with near-global revisit coverage in 2–3 days. The launch also included the secondary payload ELaNa X, 3 CubeSats that are part of the Educational Launch of Nanosatellites NASA program.
371 25 March 2015
18:36
Delta IV M+ (4,2) CCAFS SLC-37B USA-260 (GPS IIF-9) 1,630 MEO US Air Force Success[29]
Final launch of baseline RS-68 engine[30], Navigation satellite
372 24 July 2015
00:07
Delta IV M+ (5,4) CCAFS SLC-37B USA-263 (WGS-7) 5,987 kg GTO DoD Success[31]
Second flight with an RS-68A engine; New standard for Delta IV rockets, Military comsat

2016[edit]

There were 4 Thor missiles launched in 2016. All 4 launches were successful.

Flight № Date / time (UTC) Rocket,
Configuration
Launch site Payload Payload mass Orbit Customer Launch
outcome
373 10 February 2016, 11:40 Delta IV M+ (5,2) VAFB SLC-6 USA-267 (NROL-45) Classified LEO US NRO Success[32]
Reconnaissance satellite
374 11 June 2016
17:51
Delta IV Heavy CCAFS SLC-37B USA-268 (NROL-37) Classified GSO US NRO Success[33]
Reconnaissance satellite
375 19 August 2016
04:52
Delta IV M+ (4,2) CCAFS SLC-37B USA-270/271 (AFSPC-6 (GSSAP #3/#4)) Classified GEO DoD Success[34]
Space surveillance satellite
376 7 December 2016
23:53
Delta IV M+ (5,4) CCAFS SLC-37B USA-272 (WGS-8) 5,987 GTO DoD Success[35]
Military comsat

2017[edit]

There were 2 Thor missiles launched in 2017. Both launches were successful.

Flight № Date / time (UTC) Rocket,
Configuration
Launch site Payload Payload mass Orbit Customer Launch
outcome
377 19 March 2017
00:18
Delta IV M+ (5,4) CCAFS SLC-37B USA-275 (WGS-9) 5,987 kg GTO DoD Success[36]
Military comsat
378 18 November 2017
09:47
Delta II 7920-10C VAFB SLC-2W JPSS-1/NOAA-20 578 kg SSO NOAA Success[37]
Final flight of the Delta II 7900 series. The NOAA-20 launch was delayed several times, from 2014-2017, due to various testing problems. First satellite of the JPSS series weather satellite system. JPSS will provide the global environmental data used in numerical weather prediction models for forecasts, and scientific data used for climate monitoring. Re-designated NOAA-20.[38]

2018[edit]

Flight № Date / time (UTC) Rocket,
Configuration
Launch site Payload Payload mass Orbit Customer Launch
outcome
379 12 January 2018
22:11
Delta IV M+ (5,2) VAFB SLC-6 USA-281 NROL-47 Classified LEO US NRO Success[39]
Final flight of Delta IV M+(5,2) variant. Reconnaissance satellite.
380 12 August 2018, 07:31 Delta IV Heavy CCAFS SLC-37B Parker Solar Probe 685 kg Heliocentric NASA Success
Only use of Delta IV Heavy with Star 48BV third stage (9255H). Heliophysics; 8.5 solar radii (5.9 million km) perihelion.
381 15 September 2018, 13:02 Delta II 7420-10C VAFB SLC-2W ICESat-2 1,514 kg LEO NASA Success
Final Delta II launch and final flight of a Thor-derived launch vehicle. Earth science satellite.

Future launches[edit]

Date / time (UTC) Rocket,
Configuration
Launch site Payload Orbit Customer
9 December 2018[40] Delta IV Heavy VAFB SLC-6 NROL-71 US NRO
Reconnaissance satellite
23 January 2019[40] Delta IV M+ (5,4) CCAFS SLC-37B WGS-10 GTO DoD
Final flight of Delta IV M+(5,4) variant. Military comsat.
4 April 2019[41] Delta IV M+ (4,2) CCAFS SLC-37B GPS III-2 MEO US Air Force
Final flight of the single-stick Delta IV Medium configuration.[1] Navigation satellite
2019 Delta IV Heavy CCAFS SLC-37B NROL-44 LEO US NRO
Reconnaissance satellite
July 2020[42] Delta IV Heavy VAFB SLC-6 NROL-82 Polar orbit US NRO
Reconnaissance satellite
2020 Delta IV Heavy CCAFS SLC-37B NROL-68 US NRO
Reconnaissance
2023 Delta IV Heavy VAFB SLC-6 NROL-91 US NRO
Final launch of the Delta program. Reconnaissance

See also[edit]

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