ULA scrubs Wednesday's spy satellite launch

Rocket Launched Successfully on Friday title

If you see something like this in the sky this afternoon, don't panic.

Launch time will once again be 4 p.m. ET.

The secretive mission will be ULA's 27th for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) - the agency in charge of the USA fleet of spy satellites. This week's launch will be ULA's 27th mission for the NRO.

The launch had initially been planned for Wednesday, but was pushed to a day later due to high ground winds, base officials reported Wednesday.

Thursday's delays were due to an issue with a ground system valve, according to ULA, which had also earlier reported issues with swing arms, which connect parts of the rocket to the launchpad and typically move away from the vehicle between ignition and liftoff. Once in orbit, the spacecraft will be operated by the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

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United Launch Alliance, headquartered in Denver, is a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and the Boeing Co.

The new time - 9pm GMT, Friday, January 12 - will hopefully be when the rocket takes off.

The launch will happen at Space Launch Complex-6, which sits about 140 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. The government hasn't confirmed whether the top-secret satellite did indeed fall out of orbit and reenter Earth's atmosphere.

The Delta IV rocket was built in Decatur, Alabama. "Aerojet Rocketdyne employees across the country work hard to ensure 100 percent mission success, and our role in yet another launch for the National Reconnaissance Office demonstrates the trust and confidence in our propulsion". The commercially developed EELV program supports the full range of government mission requirements, while delivering on schedule and providing significant cost savings over the legacy launch systems.

Watch the launch live here.

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