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News Archive / Tagged: NRO

  • Following extensive delays, ULA successfully launches NRO satellite

    Matt HaskellDecember 11th, 2020

    Following a series of scrubs, delays and aborts, United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Heavy rocket finally took to the skies at 8:09 p.m. EST, Dec. 10, lofting the NROL-44 payload into a geostationary transfer orbit.

  • ULA set for second launch attempt of classified NRO payload

    Matt HaskellNovember 13th, 2020

    United Launch Alliance is set to re-attempt the launch of their Atlas V rocket and its NROL-101 payload for the National Reconnaissance Office on Friday evening. 

  • ULA set to launch classified spy satellite atop Atlas V, featuring first GEM 63 boosters

    Matt HaskellNovember 4th, 2020

    United Launch Alliance is set to launch their Atlas V rocket on Wednesday evening, November 4, launching the highly classified NROL-101 spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office from Cape Canaveral.

  • ULA announces new launch date for NROL-44

    Cullen DesforgesSeptember 19th, 2020

    United Launch Alliance has set September 27, 2020 as the target date for the third launch attempt of the NROL-44 payload aboard their Delta IV Heavy Rocket, due to launch at 12:10 a.m. EDT. The launch window will last for approximately 90 minutes.

  • ULA set to launch mission for National Reconnaissance Office

    Matt HaskellAugust 26th, 2020

    United Launch Alliance is preparing to launch the NROL-44 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office atop their Delta IV Heavy rocket early Thursday morning. 

  • Minotaur IV sucessfully sends NROL-129 into blue, Virginia skies

    Steve HammerJuly 15th, 2020

    Virginia based Northrop Grumman today launched classified mission NROL-129 for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) aboard a Minotaur IV rocket from launchpad 0B at The Mid Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS), adjacent to NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia. The countdown clock was held at T-minus 16 minutes for 46 minutes, allowing for multiple […]

  • Northrop Grumman set to loft NROL-129 atop Minotaur IV

    Sean CostelloJuly 14th, 2020

    Teams from Northrop Grumman, the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and the Mid-Atlantic Spaceport (MARS) are all reporting as being poised and ready to launch the NROL-129 mission tomorrow, July 15, 2020, atop a Minotaur IV rocket. Even the weather appears to be supportive, with the latest forecast indicating only a 10% chance of violating acceptable […]