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News Archive / Tagged: National Reconnaissance Office

  • Falcon 9 hotfire test blazes way for classified NROL-76 mission

    Derek RichardsonApril 25th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — A month after flying its first used Falcon 9 booster, SpaceX placed another rocket on historic Launch Complex 39A to perform a static fire test in advance of its upcoming flight for the National Reconnaissance Office: the classified NROL-76 mission.

  • Atlas V sends classified NROL-79 payload to space

    Derek RichardsonMarch 1st, 2017

    A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket roared out of Vandenberg Air Force Base in California with a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. The NROL-79 mission lifted off at 9:50 a.m. PST (12:50 p.m. EST / 17:50 GMT) March 1, 2017, from Space Launch Complex 3E.

  • ULA readies Atlas V for launch of NROL-79 reconnaissance satellite

    Curt GodwinFebruary 27th, 2017

    After enduring several delays – most recently from an issue with the second stage of its Atlas V launch vehicle – United Launch Alliance (ULA) is set to launch the classified NROL-79 mission. Liftoff is planned for Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at about 9:50 a.m. PST (12:50 p.m. EST / 17:50 GMT) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

  • ULA confirms March 1 for launch attempt of NROL-79

    Jason RhianFebruary 9th, 2017

    ULA has issued a statement announcing it is targeting a March 1, 2017, launch date for the flight of an Atlas V 401 rocket with a classified payload for the NRO. The NROL-79 mission had been delayed before this due to issues with the Atlas V's Centaur upper stage.

  • Unclassified NRO CubeSats hitch ride on WorldView-4 launch

    Curt GodwinNovember 14th, 2016

    When one thinks of satellites in the National Reconnaissance Office's (NRO) fleet, the mind's eye may conjure pictures of Hubble-sized spy satellites with lenses pointed toward Earth engaged in super-secret intelligence gathering. While that mental image may be somewhat accurate, it is by no means complete.

  • SFI Video: Launch highlights from launch of ULA Atlas V 421 with NROL-61

    Jason RhianJuly 30th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — ULA successfully sent the classified NROL-61 payload to orbit on July 28, 2016. The mission got underway at 8:37 a.m. EDT (12:37 GMT). SFI captured the launch from several remote cameras placed at SLC-41 the day prior - check out the stunning video produced from these video cameras below.

  • NROL-61 marks sixth flight of 421 configuration of ULA Atlas V

    Jason RhianJuly 28th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully sent the sixth of the 421 configuration of the company's Atlas V launch vehicle into the morning skies. The payload for this morning's flight was a classified satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

  • ULA to launch classified NROL-61 payload

    Curt GodwinJuly 26th, 2016

    United Launch Alliance (ULA) is preparing to launch the latest addition to the National Reconnaissance Office's (NRO) satellite fleet. On July 28, 2016, a classified payload—designated NROL-61—will launch atop a ULA Atlas V rocket, arranged in the 421 configuration (4-meter payload fairing, 2 solid rocket boosters, and a single engine Centaur upper stage), on a mission in support of national defense.

  • Heavyweight Delta IV launches classified satellite for NRO

    Derek RichardsonJune 11th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A classified satellite for the NRO roared skyward atop a ULA Delta IV Heavy rocket on the first of five national security launches planned to take place in the next four months. The mission got underway at 1:51 p.m. EDT (17:51 GMT) on Saturday, June 11.

  • Weather delays Delta IV Heavy launch

    Derek RichardsonJune 9th, 2016

    Foul weather forced the postponement of today's planned launch of a Delta IV Heavy with a classified satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office. With no improvement in the weather, the almost five-hour launch window ended at 5:57 p.m. EDT (21:57 GMT) and, therefore, today's launch attempt was scrubbed.

  • Massive Delta IV Heavy set to launch Thursday

    Derek RichardsonJune 7th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy is scheduled to roar skyward at 1:59 p.m. EDT (17:59 GMT) on June 9 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 37. The payload is a classified satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

  • Next launch of Delta IV Heavy delayed

    Derek RichardsonMay 27th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The flight of United Launch Alliance's next Delta IV Heavy, with a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), has been delayed, according to a May 27 statement made on the company's website.