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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 [...]