List of Thor and Delta launches (2010–19)

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As at October 2011, only the Delta IV remained in production. However, previously built hardware for five more Delta II vehicles existed and was available for purchase to launch customers. They would likely launch from Vandenberg AFB on polar-orbit missions, according to NASA and rocket manufacturer United Launch Alliance.[1][2] As of January 31 2015, two of the remaining Delta II vehicles had been launched with two more slated to launch NASA spacecraft in 2017 [3][4] Single-stick versions of Delta IV will be retired in 2018 and replaced by Atlas V, leaving only Delta IV Heavy from the Delta family, flying further defense missions.[5]

Date/Time
(UTC)
Rocket S/N Launch site Payload Function Orbit Outcome Remarks

2010[edit]

2010-03-04, 23:57 Delta IV M+ (4,2) 348 CCAFS SLC-37B GOES-P (GOES-15) Weather GTO Success[6]
2010-05-28, 03:00 Delta IV M+ (4,2) 349 CCAFS SLC-37B USA-213 (GPS IIF SV-1) Navigation MEO Success[7]
2010-11-06, 02:20 Delta II 7420-10C 350 VAFB SLC-2W COSMO-4 Earth imaging / Reconnaissance SSO Success[8][9]
2010-11-21, 22:58 Delta IV Heavy 351 CCAFS SLC-37B USA-223 (NROL-32) ELINT satellite GEO Success[10]

2011[edit]

2011-01-20, 21:10 Delta IV Heavy 352 VAFB SLC-6 USA-224 (NROL-49) Reconnaissance LEO Success[11] First Delta IV Heavy launch from Vandenberg[11]
2011-03-11, 23:38 Delta IV M+ (4,2) 353 CCAFS SLC-37B USA-227 (NROL-27) Military comsat GTO Success[12]
2011-06-10, 14:20 Delta II 7320-10C 354 VAFB SLC-2W SAC-D Earth science SSO Success[13]
2011-07-16, 06:41 Delta IV M+ (4,2) 355 CCAFS SLC-37B USA-232 (GPS IIF-2) Navigation MEO Success[14]
2011-09-10, 13:08 Delta II 7920H-10C 356 CCAFS SLC-17B GRAIL Lunar mission Lunar orbit Success[15] Final Delta II Heavy launch
Final launch from SLC-17 at CCAFS
2011-10-28, 09:48 Delta II 7920-10C 357 VAFB SLC-2W Suomi NPP Weather SSO Success[16]

2012[edit]

2012-01-20, 00:38 Delta IV M+ (5,4) 358 CCAFS SLC-37B USA-233 (WGS-4) Military comsat GTO Success[17]
2012-04-03, 23:12 Delta IV M+ (5,2) 359 VAFB SLC-6 USA-234 (NROL-25) Reconnaissance LEO Success[18] First Delta IV Medium+ (5,2) launch
2012-06-29, 13:15 Delta IV Heavy 360 CCAFS SLC-37B USA-237 (NROL-15) ELINT satellite GSO Success[19] First flight with RS-68A engines
2012-10-04, 12:10 Delta IV M+ (4,2) 361 CCAFS SLC-37B USA-239 (GPS IIF-3) Navigation MEO Success[20] Upper stage anomaly[21]

2013[edit]

2013-05-25, 00:27 Delta IV M+ (5,4) 362 CCAFS SLC-37B USA-243 (WGS-5) Military comsat GTO Success[22]
2013-08-08, 00:29 Delta IV M+ (5,4) 363 CCAFS SLC-37B USA-244 (WGS-6) Military comsat GTO Success[23]
2013-08-28, 18:03 Delta IV Heavy 364 VAFB SLC-6 USA-245 (NROL-65) Reconnaissance LEO Success[24] First launch with staggered ignition sequence; will be used on all future Delta IV Heavy launches

2014[edit]

2014-02-21, 01:59 Delta IV M+ (4,2) 365 CCAFS SLC-37B USA-248 (GPS IIF-5) Navigation MEO Success[25] 25th Delta IV launch
2014-05-17, 00:03 Delta IV M+ (4,2) 366 CCAFS SLC-37B USA-251 (GPS IIF-6) Navigation MEO Success[26]
2014-07-02, 09:56 Delta II 7320-10C 367 VAFB SLC-2W OCO-2 Climate research SSO Success[27]
2014-07-28, 23:28 Delta IV M+ (4,2) 368 CCAFS SLC-37B USA-253/254/255 (AFSPC-4 (GSSAP #1/#2/ANGELS)) Space surveillance / Technology demonstration GEO Success[28]
2014-12-05, 12:05 Delta IV Heavy 369 CCAFS SLC-37B EFT-1 Orion Payload Test flight MEO Success[29] First Delta IV Heavy launch for NASA

2015[edit]

2015-01-31, 14:22 Delta II 7320-10C 370 VAFB SLC-2W SMAP Environmental research SSO Success[30] Final launch of Delta II 7300 series[5]
2015-03-25, 18:36 Delta IV M+ (4,2) 371 CCAFS SLC-37B USA-260 (GPS IIF-9) Navigation MEO Success[31] Final launch of baseline RS-68 engine[32]
2015-07-24, 00:07 Delta IV M+ (5,4) 372 CCAFS SLC-37B USA-263 (WGS-7) Military comsat GTO Success[33] Second flight with an RS-68A engine; will be used on all future Delta IV rockets

2016[edit]

2016-02-10, 11:40 Delta IV M+ (5,2) 373 VAFB SLC-6 USA-267 (NROL-45) Reconnaissance LEO Success[34]
2016-06-11, 17:51 Delta IV Heavy 374 CCAFS SLC-37B USA-268 (NROL-37) Reconnaissance GSO Success[35]
2016-08-19, 04:52 Delta IV M+ (4,2) 375 CCAFS SLC-37B USA-270/271 (AFSPC-6 (GSSAP #3/#4)) Space surveillance GEO Success[36]
2016-12-07, 23:53 Delta IV M+ (5,4) 376 CCAFS SLC-37B USA-272 WGS-8 Military comsat GTO Success[37]

2017[edit]

2017-03-19, 00:18 Delta IV M+ (5,4) 377 CCAFS SLC-37B USA-275 WGS-9 Military comsat GTO Success
2017-11-09, 10:48 Delta II 7920-10C VAFB SLC-2W JPSS-1 Weather SSO Planned Final flight of the Delta II 7900 series
2017-12-13 Delta IV M+ (5,2) VAFB SLC-6 NROL-47 Reconnaissance LEO Planned Last flight of Delta IV M+(5,2) variant

2018[edit]

Spring 2018[38] Delta IV M+ (4,2) CCAFS SLC-37B GPS III-1 Navigation MEO Planned Final flight with a 4-meter Delta Cryogenic Second Stage (DCSS)[5]
2018-07-31, 14:07[39] Delta IV Heavy CCAFS SLC-37B Parker Solar Probe Solar Probe Heliocentric Planned First use of Delta IV Heavy with Star 48BV third stage (9255H)
2018-09-12, 12:45 Delta II 7420-10C VAFB SLC-2W ICESat-2 Earth science satellite LEO Planned Final flight of a Thor-derived launch vehicle; final Delta II launch
2018-09-15 Delta IV Heavy VAFB SLC-6 NROL-71 Reconnaissance ? Planned
Late 2018[40] Delta IV M+ (5,4) CCAFS SLC-37B WGS-10 Military comsat GTO Planned Final flight of the single-stick Medium configuration; all future Delta IV missions will use the Heavy configuration[5]

2019[edit]

2019 Delta IV Heavy CCAFS SLC-37B NROL-44 Reconnaissance ? Planned

2020[edit]

2020-07[41] Delta IV Heavy VAFB SLC-6 NROL-82 Reconnaissance Polar orbit Planned

2021[edit]

2021 Delta IV Heavy CCAFS SLC-37B NROL-68 Reconnaissance ? Planned

2022[edit]

2022 Delta IV Heavy CCAFS SLC-37B NROL-70 Reconnaissance ? Planned Final Delta IV Launch From SLC-37B

2023[edit]

2023 Delta IV Heavy VAFB SLC-6 NROL-91 Reconnaissance ? Planned Final Launch of Delta Program

See also[edit]

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