By David Rosenfeld | [email protected] | The Daily Breeze PUBLISHED: December 7, 2018 at 1:29 pm | UPDATED: December 7, 2018 at 1:29 pm A Delta IV Heavy rocket is expected to lift off from Vandenberg Air Force base outside Lompoc at 8:19 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, sending surveillance equipment into for the U.S. into orbit. To watch the launch live visit ULALaunch.com at 8 p.m. or check back here for the live link. The mission, by United Launch Alliance and dubbed NROL-71, will carry a payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office, as part of the country’s space intelligence gathering system. The equipment will be used by various U.S. intelligence agencies. The Delta IV Heavy is the largest rocket currently developed by ULA, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing Defense. The rocket can lift 62,540 pounds up to 1,000 feet above the Earth, and 30,440 pounds up to 22,000 miles above the Earth. As opposed to a normal Delta rocket with a single booster, the Delta IV Heavy has three sets of booster engines. Friday’s launch marks United Launch Alliance’s 132nd mission; it is the company’s second Delta IV Heavy launch in less than four months and the 11th overall. Since 1960, ULA has successfully launched 382 Delta rockets. Sign up for The Localist, our daily email newsletter with handpicked stories relevant to where you live. Subscribe here.