Michael Mecham’s article “Slicker SLC-6” (AW&ST March 22, p. 54) provides a good overview of the recent modifications to Vandenberg AFB’s Space Launch Complex-6 that are required for Delta IV Heavy launch support. However, his descriptive material on the launch vehicle needs clarification because of confusion caused by his use of “engine” instead of “stage” or “booster.” Here is the correct terminology: The first stage comprises a set of three identical common core boosters ...

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