CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 12 (UPI) -- The world's more powerful rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., Saturday afternoon, carrying a government spy satellite into space for the National Reconnaissance Office.
The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy lifted off at 1:51 p.m. carrying a NROL-37 satellite into orbit for a mission in support of national defense.
The launch of the Delta IV Heavy configuration Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle had been delayed several days due to rainy weather conditions brought on by a tropical storm.
"The team worked together through many challenges this flow including, overcoming the aftereffects of Tropical Storm Colin," ULA vice president of Custom Services Laura Maginnis said.
It was the ninth time the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket had been used. The rocket weighs in at 1.5 million pounds.