Tag Archives: NRO

NROL-61 is getting close !

Next mission with classified payload to support national security of United States Of America by United Launch Alliance; launch date of NROL-61 mission is getting close, payload still is covered with secret; although we can take a closer look on launch vehicle, weather forecast and gossips and assumes on character of the payload. Launch is…
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NROL-37 delivered on atop of Delta IV Heavy during its 32nd flight !

Impressive start, classified payload-this is short sum up of NROL-37 mission which started today from Cape Canaveral. Finally after 48 hours delay Delta IV Heavy lifted off from SLC-37 in Cape Canaveral AFS. At T-4' rocket was already fueled and ready for delivering to orbit top secret payload for National Reconnaissance Office. Weather was described…
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NRO welcomes SpaceX !

SpaceX was awarded with contract for launch services for National Reconnaissance Office. Contract covers single launch planned on May 2017 under code name NROL-76, but it is possible that is only beginning of the cooperation between SpaceX and NRO. According to Spacenews.com, SpaceX signed agreement for one launch on May 2017. It will be first…
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Green light for WFIRST

NASA has green light for developing project of new space telescope based on NRO spy satellite. WFIRST acronym stands for Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope and is NASA program for wide-field sky observation devoted especially to research on dark energy and exoplanets. Developed since 2010 space, telescope is designed as medium spacecraft with weight around 6000 kg, powered by solar…
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Getting new toys for Christmas – ULA is going to modify rockets for NRO

National Reconnaissance Office is one of significant customers for ULA. Close cooperation still tightens. United States Air Force is going to sign contract with United Launch Alliance for modification of two rockets. It is known that at stake are  Atlas V (421)with four meter long fairing (mainly used for large satellites for example Orion satellite with launch planned on 27th…
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Military Leaders – The National Security Space Manifested Some Love 

General John Raymond says, “There is a strategic alignment of resources and leadership.”  According to the senior military officer, for the people who have already been away and don’t serve the national security space business for a long time, and is now decided to make a grand come back, will not recognize the value of…
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U.S. Military Wants Part in New Space Race 

The industry around space is growing with both the government and entrepreneurship sectors getting their hands on it. An announcement entitled “Think big, take risks, innovate!” calls for entrepreneurs to work together with the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). The NRO’s mission is this – to design spy satellites, build and then launch them. With their…
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NROL-52 spacecraft spotted on orbit

Launched on October 15, 2017 on the top of the Atlas V (421) classified National Reconnaissance Satellite was spotted by observers hours after launch. Rocket with NROL-52 payload was launched on 07:28 UTC on October 15, 2017, from SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral. After first phase of flight when rocket set its course to south-east it…
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NROL-52 classified GEo communications satellite delivered to orbit by Atlas V

United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket delivered for the fifth time in 2017 today to orbit classified spacecraft for National Reconnaissance Office after flawless launch from SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral. This launch was preceded by four not successful launch attempts which took place on October 5th, 6th, 7th and 14th. First two launch attempts were…
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