Delta IV Heavy (Reuters)
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Huge Delta rocket takes off from California

The biggest rocket ever to launch from the US West Coast has lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The 72m-high Delta IV Heavy was carrying a classified satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office.

It has previously only operated from Florida, and the launch pad at the Californian base had to be upgraded to handle the giant vehicle.

  • 21 Jan 2011
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