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Delays push Delta IV launch to end of December

Posted at 9:39 AM, Dec 20, 2018

The Delta IV rocket will take off as early as Dec. 30, after getting scrubbed for the fourth time out of Vandenberg Air Force Base Wednesday.

The United Launch Alliance announced the new launch date on Twitter Thursday morning.

The space launch provider said the launch was cancelled 10 minutes before takeoff on Wednesday because of elevated hydrogen levels within the port booster engine section.

Originally ULA said they would attempt the launch in 24 hours before pushing the launch date back at least 10 days.

This was the fourth attempt at launching the rocket.

The launch was scrubbed Tuesday night because of high ground winds. It was delayed twice before, on Dec.7 and Dec. 8 because of technical issues.

When the rocket takes off it will deliver a satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office into orbit.