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  • Vulcan’s hammer: United Launch Alliance lofts secretive NROL-55 mission

    Jason RhianOctober 8th, 2015

    From Space Launch Complex 3E (SLC-3E) located at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, United Launch Alliance (ULA) sent one of its Atlas V 401 rockets aloft on the classified NROL-55 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Liftoff took place at 5:49 a.m. PDT (12:49 GMT).

  • ULA prepares to send classified NROL-55 spacecraft to orbit

    Joe LatrellOctober 7th, 2015

    ULA is preparing to place a payload into orbit for the NRO. The classified NROL-55 mission is set to take to the skies on Thursday, Oct. 8, from Vandenberg Air Force Base located in California at 5:49 a.m. PDT (8:49 am EDT). While the primary payload for this mission is unknown, another aspect of the flight has had details of it released to the media.