List of Delta IV Medium launches

Since November 2002, rockets from the Delta 4 Medium family have been launched 29 times, all of which were successful. Its last flight was with a 3rd generation GPS satellite in August 2019.

About the Delta 4 MediumEdit

The Delta 4 Medium (also referred to as 'single stick'[1][2]) was available in four configurations: Medium, Medium+ (4,2), Medium+ (5,2), and Medium+ (5,4).[3]

The Delta 4 Medium (Delta 9040) was the most basic Delta IV. It featured a single CBC and a modified Delta 3 second stage, with 4-meter liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen tanks (called a Delta Cryogenic Second Stage (DCSS)) and a 4-meter payload fairing. The Delta 4 Medium was capable of launching 4,200 kg to geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). From Cape Canaveral, GTO is 1804 m/s away from GEO. The mass of fairing and payload attach fittings have been subtracted from the gross performance.[4]

The Delta 4 Medium+ (4,2) (Delta 9240) had the same CBC and DCSS as the Medium, but with the addition of two Orbital ATK-built 1.5-m (60-in) diameter solid rocket booster Graphite-Epoxy Motors (GEM-60s) strap-on boosters to increase payload capacity to 6,150 kg to GTO.[4]

The Delta 4 Medium+ (5,2) (Delta 9250) was similar to the Medium+ (4,2), but had a 5-m–diameter DCSS and payload fairing for larger payloads. Because of the extra weight of the larger payload fairing and second stage, the Medium+ (5,2) could launch 5,072 kg to GTO.[4]

The Delta 4 Medium+ (5,4) (Delta 9450) was similar to the Medium+ (5,2), but used four GEM-60s instead of two, enabling it to lift 6,882 kg to GTO.[4]

To encapsulate the satellite payload, a variety of different payload fairings were available. A stretched Delta III 4-meter diameter composite payload fairing was used on 4-meter Medium versions, while an enlarged, 5-meter diameter composite fairing was used on 5-meter Medium versions.

The Medium (4,2) version last flew on 22 August 2019, marking the retirement of the Delta 4 Medium variants.[3][5]

Launch StatisticsEdit

Rocket configurationsEdit

Launch OutcomesEdit

  •   Success
  •   Failure

Launch sitesEdit

OrbitsEdit

CustomersEdit

Launch HistoryEdit

Flight Date / time (UTC) Rocket Configuration Launch site Payload Payload mass Orbit Customer Launch
outcome
1 November 20, 2002
22:39
Delta IV-M+ (4,2) CCAFS SLC-37B Eutelsat W5 3,086 pounds (1,400 kilograms) GTO Eutelsat Success[6]
First Delta IV launch, Commercial communications satellite
2 March 11, 2003
00:59
Delta IV-M CCAFS SLC-37B USA-167 (DSCS-3 A3) Classified GTO US Air Force Success[7]
Military communications satellite, First Delta 4 Medium launch, First USAF EELV mission
3 August 29, 2003
23:13
Delta IV-M CCAFS SLC-37B USA-170 (DSCS-3 B6) Classified GTO US Air Force Success[8]
Military communications satellite
4 May 24, 2006
22:11
Delta IV-M+ (4,2) CCAFS SLC-37B GOES-N (GOES-13) 6,908 pounds (3,133 kilograms) GTO NASA/NOAA Success[9]
First Delta IV launch for NASA, Weather satellite
5 June 28, 2006
03:33
Delta IV-M+ (4,2) VAFB SLC-6 NROL-22 Classified Molniya US NRO Success[10]
First Delta IV launch from Vandenberg, Reconnaissance satellite
6 November 4, 2006
13:53
Delta IV-M VAFB SLC-6 DMSP F17 Classified SSO DoD Success[11]
First Delta IV launch into a LEO/SSO, Military weather satellite
7 June 27, 2009
22:51
Delta IV-M+ (4,2) CCAFS SLC-37B GOES-O (GOES-14) 6,908 pounds (3,133 kilograms) GTO NASA/NOAA Success[12]
Weather satellite
8 December 6, 2009
01:47
Delta IV-M+ (5,4) CCAFS SLC-37B USA-211 (WGS-3) 13,199 pounds (5,987 kilogarms) GTO US Air Force Success[13]
First Delta 4 Medium+ (5,4) launch, Communication satellite
9 4 March 2010
23:57
Delta IV M+ (4,2) CCAFS SLC-37B GOES-P (GOES-15) 7,139 pounds (3,238 kilograms) GTO NASA Success[14]
NOAA Weather satellite in the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) program. Replaced GOES-11 as the GOES West satellite.
10 28 May 2010
03:00
Delta IV M+ (4,2) CCAFS SLC-37B USA-213 (GPS IIF SV-1) 3,594 pounds (1,630 kilograms) MEO US Air Force Success[15]
Navigation satellite
11 11 March 2011
23:38
Delta IV M+ (4,2) CCAFS SLC-37B USA-227 (NROL-27) 5,148 pounds (2335 kilogarms) GTO US NRO Success
Military comsat.
12 16 July 2011
06:41
Delta IV M+ (4,2) CCAFS SLC-37B USA-232 (GPS IIF-2) 3,594 pounds (1,630 kilograms) MEO US Air Force Success[16]
Navigation satellite
13 20 January 2012

00:38

Delta IV M+ (5,4) CCAFS SLC-37B USA-233 (WGS-4) 13,199 pounds (5,987 kilogarms) GTO US Air Force Success[17]
Military comsat
14 3 April 2012
23:12
Delta IV M+ (5,2) VAFB SLC-6 USA-234 (NROL-25) Classified LEO US NRO Success[18]
First Delta 4 Medium+ (5,2) launch, Reconnaissance satellite
15 4 October 2012
12:10
Delta IV M+ (4,2) CCAFS SLC-37B USA-239 (GPS IIF-3) 3,594 pounds (1,630 kilograms) MEO US Air Force Success[19]
Upper stage anomaly,[20] Satellite navigation
16 25 May 2013
00:27
Delta IV M+ (5,4) CCAFS SLC-37B USA-243 (WGS-5) 13,199 pounds (5,987 kilogarms) GTO US Air Force Success[21]
Military comsat
17 8 August 2013
00:29
Delta IV M+ (5,4) CCAFS, SLC-37B USA-244 (WGS-6) 13,199 pounds (5,987 kilogarms) GTO US Air Force Success[22]
Military comsat
18 21 February 2014
01:59
Delta IV M+ (4,2) CCAFS SLC-37B USA-248 (GPS IIF-5) 3,594 pounds (1,630 kilograms) MEO US Air Force Success[23]
25th Delta IV launch, Satellite navigation
19 17 May 2014
00:03
Delta IV M+ (4,2) CCAFS SLC-37B USA-251 (GPS IIF-6) 3,594 pounds (1,630 kilograms) MEO US Air Force Success[24]
Navigation satellite
20 28 July 2014
23:28
Delta IV M+ (4,2) CCAFS SLC-37B USA 253-255 (AFSPC-4 (GSSAP #1/#2/ANGELS)) Classified GEO DoD/AFRL Success[25]
Space surveillance / Technology demonstration
21 25 March 2015
18:36
Delta IV M+ (4,2) CCAFS SLC-37B USA-260 (GPS IIF-9) 3,594 pounds (1,630 kilograms) MEO US Air Force Success[26]
Final launch of baseline RS-68 engine,[27] Navigation satellite
22 24 July 2015
00:07
Delta IV M+ (5,4) CCAFS SLC-37B USA-263 (WGS-7) 13,199 pounds (5,987 kilogarms) GTO DoD Success[28]
Second flight with an RS-68A engine; New standard for Delta IV rockets, Military comsat
23 10 February 2016, 11:40 Delta IV M+ (5,2) VAFB SLC-6 USA-267 (NROL-45) Classified LEO US NRO Success[29]
Reconnaissance satellite
24 19 August 2016
04:52
Delta IV M+ (4,2) CCAFS SLC-37B USA-270/271 (AFSPC-6 (GSSAP #3/#4)) Classified GEO DoD Success[30]
Space surveillance satellite
25 7 December 2016

23:53

Delta IV M+ (5,4) CCAFS SLC-37B USA-272 (WGS-8) 13,199 pounds (5,987 kilogarms) GTO DoD Success[31]
Military comsat
26 19 March 2017
00:18
Delta IV M+ (5,4) CCAFS SLC-37B USA-275 (WGS-9) 13,199 pounds (5,987 kilogarms) GTO DoD Success[32]
Military comsat
27 12 January 2018
22:11
Delta IV M+ (5,2) VAFB SLC-6 USA-281 (NROL-47) Classified LEO US NRO Success[33]
Final flight of Delta IV M+(5,2) variant. Reconnaissance satellite.
28 16 March 2019
00:26
Delta IV M+ (5,4) CCAFS, SLC-37B USA-291 (WGS-10) 13,199 pounds (5,987 kilogarms) GTO DoD Success[34]
Final flight of Delta IV M+(5,4) variant. Military comsat.
29 22 August 2019
13:06
Delta IV M+ (4,2) CCAFS, SLC-37B USA-293 (GPS III-2) 8,168 pounds (3,705 kilograms) MEO US Air Force Success[35]
Final flight of Delta IV M+(4,2) variant. 3rd generation Global Positioning Satellite (GPS)

See alsoEdit

Delta 4 Medium
 
Delta 4 Medium launch carrying DSCS III-B6.
FunctionOrbital launch vehicle
ManufacturerUnited Launch Alliance
Country of originUnited States
Cost per launchUS$164+ million[36]
Size
Height63–72 m (207–236 ft)
Diameter5 m (16 ft)
Mass550,000 lb (250,000 kg)
Stages2
Capacity
Payload to LEO
Mass25,287 lb (11,470 kg)
Payload to GTO
Mass9,799 lb (4,445 kg)
Associated rockets
FamilyDelta Delta 4 Medium
Comparable
Launch history
StatusRetired
Launch sitesSLC-37B, Cape Canaveral
SLC-6, Vandenberg
Total launches
29
  • Medium: 3
  • M+ (4,2): 15
  • M+ (5,2): 3
  • M+ (5,4): 8
Success(es)29
First flight20 November 2002 (Eutelsat W5)
Last flight22 August 2019 (USA-293/GPS III-2)
Notable payloads
First stage – CBC
Gross mass226,400 kg (499,100 lb)
Engines1 RS-68A
Thrust3,140 kN (705,000 lbf) (sea level)
Specific impulseSea level: 360 s (3.5 km/s)
Vacuum: 412 s (4.04 km/s)
Burn time245 seconds (328 seconds in Heavy configuration)
FuelLH2 / LOX
Second stage – Delta Cryogenic Second Stage (DCSS)
Gross mass4-m: 24,170 kg (53,290 lb)
5-m: 30,700 kg (67,700 lb)
Engines1 RL10-B-2
Thrust110 kN (25,000 lbf)
Specific impulse462 s (4.53 km/s)
Burn time850-1,125 seconds
FuelLH2 / LOX

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