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Atlas V Rocket Launches New US Spy Satellite on Secret Mission

The United States has launched a second tip spy satellite in reduction than 3 weeks.

The NROL-52 satellite soared into circuit this morning (Oct. 15) atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket, that carried off during 3:28 a.m. EDT (0728 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.The launch came after some-more than a week of delays due to continue and a think telemetry conductor that had to be replaced.

An Atlas 5 also supposing a float for a NROL-42 reconnoitering satellite, that launched on Sept. 24 from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base. [The Most Dangerous Space Weapons Ever

Both NROL-42 and NROL-52 were built by a U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), that operates a nation’s swift of view satellites. NRO missions tend to be classified, so it’s misleading what accurately NROL-52 will be looking during as it zips around Earth in a undisclosed orbit.

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launches a NROL-52 view satellite into circuit from Space Launch Complex 41 during Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Oct. 15, 2017.
Credit: United Launch Alliance/Jeff Spotts

Today’s launch — that was behind dual days by bad weather, and afterwards by another week to reinstate a telemetry conductor on a rocket  — was a 26th that ULA has supposing for a NRO, and a 74th moody for a Atlas V overall. All of these missions have been successful to date.

“Today’s launch is a covenant to a untiring loyalty of a ULA team, demonstrating because ULA continues to offer as a nation’s many constant and successful launch provider,”Laura Maginnis, ULA clamp boss of Government Satellite Launch, said in a matter after a launch. “After recuperating from Hurricane Irma that came by a area final month, and a final week’s continue challenges, a group found a right event currently to broach this vicious inhabitant item to orbit.”

The liftoff was partial of a bustling week in spaceflight. For example, on Monday (Oct. 9), a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, carrying 10 communications satellites to circuit for a association Iridium.

Also in movement Monday were Japan’s H-2A rocket and China’s Long Mar 2D booster, that lofted a Japanese navigation satellite and a remote-sensing satellite for a Venezuelan government, respectively. 

Then, on Wednesday (Oct. 11), SpaceX launched the SES 11/EchoStar 105 communications satellite from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, that is subsequent to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. That liftoff concerned a Falcon 9 rocket with a pre-flown initial stage.

Both Falcon 9 missions also featured successful touchdowns by a rocket’s initial stage. Landing and afterwards re-flying rockets (and spacecraft) is a pivotal partial of SpaceX’s devise to assistance inhabit Mars, a updated chronicle of that association owner and CEO Elon Musk unveiled late final month at a discussion in Australia.

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