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America's largest rocket lifts off from California

Igniting its three main engines in a staggered sequence for the first time, a United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket successfully flew into Earth orbit and deployed a U.S. national security satellite on August 28, 2013.

Delta IV Heavy launching NROL-65 (August 28, 2013)

The United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket has successfully launched its classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office following liftoff at 11:03 a.m. local time today from Space Launch Complex 6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

"We are truly honored to deliver this critical asset to orbit," said Jim Sponnick, ULA vice president, Atlas and Delta Programs. "The ULA Delta 4-Heavy is currently the world’s largest rocket, providing the nation with reliable, proven, heavy lift capability for our country's national security payloads from both the east and west coasts. I congratulate the combined NRO, Air Force, ULA, and supplier team on today's successful launch of the NROL-65 mission."

Video of the Delta IV Heavy launching NROL-65

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