Delta IV Heavy Launch Vehicle | Boeing

The Delta IV Heavy (Delta 9250H) is an expendable rocket, the largest type of the Delta IV family. It was first launched in 2004.

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It is similar to the Medium+ (5,2), except that it uses two additional CBCs instead of using GEMs. These are strap-on boosters which are separated earlier in the flight than the center CBC. The Delta IV Heavy also features a stretched 5-meter composite payload fairing. An aluminum trisector fairing derived from the Titan IV fairing is also available. The first launch in 2004 was a test launch only. Its first payload was the DSP-23 satellite.

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