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Rosie Finally Flies: Atlas V Inserts Classified NROL-36 into Orbit

Photo Credit: Pat Corkery / ULA

Six weeks later than planned, following Range instrumentation issues at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the National Reconnaissance Office’s NROL-36 classified payload – believed to be a pair of $1.3 billion NRO Ocean Surveillance Satellites (NOSS), dedicated to monitoring worldwide civilian and military shipping – thundered into […]

Range Issue Spells Two-Week Delay for NROL-36 and ‘Rosie’

The launch of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket, with its NROL-36 payload, has been delayed until no-earlier-than Aug. 14, 2012. Photo Credit: Pat Corkery / ULA

A baker’s dozen of satellites – including a critical $1.3 billion sentinel for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), designed to electronically monitor worldwide military and […]