PHOTOS: SpaceX Launches First Classified Mission, Lands Fourth Falcon on Dry Land

Liftoff of NROL-76 from pad 39A, the first SpaceX launch of a National Reconnaissance Office payload. Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

On May 1 at 7:15 a.m EDT, SpaceX and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) launched the NROL 76 spacecraft on a 58 deg. trajectory up the U.S. east coast, flying atop a […]

NRO 76 Launch To Put SpaceX Deep In ULA Territory Sunday

NROL-76 will mark the first launch by SpaceX of a classified military payload, putting the company deep into ULA territory. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

The National Reconnaissance Office NRO 76 mission set for liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center early Sunday Apr. 30, could introduce a new or upgraded class of NRO […]

Vandenberg Atlas-V Lofts NRO-79 Ocean Surveillance Satellites

ULA kicked off a busy month of flights today with launch of the NRO 79 mission with two top secret Intruder ocean surveillance satellites on board an Atlas-V 401 rocket. Photo Credit: Robert Fisher / AmericaSpace

United Launch Alliance (ULA) kicked off a busy month of flights today with the apparent successful launch from […]

Atlas-V NRO-79 Intruder Mission Readied For Wednesday Launch To Track Ships

The mission patch for the NRO 79 satellites has a woman warrior with an owl-eye “modification” and a Medusa shield to carry out “Victory With Intelligence” in Latin on the shield. Credit: NRO

The U.S. Air Force’s 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg AFB Calif., along with United Launch Alliance (ULA) and the National Reconnaissance […]

Successful NRO/ULA NRO-61 Launch Bolsters Secret Relay

A ULA Atlas-V 421 rocket launching the classified NRO-61 satellite from Cape Canaveral, Fla., July 28, 2016. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

The successful launch today of the 11,000-lb National Reconnaissance Office NRO 61 geosynchronous orbit, real-time relay spacecraft has given the U.S. a major new capability to speedily forward high-resolution imagery and […]

Top-Secret NRO-61 Relay Set for Liftoff Thursday as MUOS-5 Finally Climbing to Orbit

An Atlas-V 421 rocket, carrying the NROL-61 payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), is transported from the Vertical Integration Facility to the launch pad at Space Launch Complex-41 for a Thursday morning launch attempt. Photo Credit: ULA

Two major military space and intelligence operations vital to U.S. national security and future combat operations […]

Spectacular Delta-IV Heavy Lofts Secret NRO 37 Eavesdropper

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta-IV Heavy booster lofting a classified multi-billion dollar NRO satellite from Cape Canaveral AFS Launch Complex-37B on June 11, 2016. Photo Credit: John Kraus / AmericaSpace

America’s critical intelligence capabilities in geostationary orbit have been doubled with the apparently successful flight of a multi-billion-dollar secret Advanced Orion/Mentor eavesdropping satellite […]

Mammoth Eavesdropping Satellite Set for Launch Atop Delta-IV Heavy

Armed and with his identity protected, this swordsman guards the American Flagbehind a shield marked 37 in Roman numerals. Image Credit: NRO

UPDATE: NRO-37 will attempt to launch again on Saturday at 1:51pm EDT. The first launch attempt June 9 was scrubbed due to weather violations.

Story published originally June 8: The […]

ULA & USAF Dazzle West Coast with Delta-IV Night Launch of NRO-45 Topaz-4 Satellite

A top secret 8-ton National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)/Boeing Topaz imaging radar satellite was successfully launched into a retrograde polar orbit before dawn Feb. 10 from Vandenberg AFB, Calif., atop a ULA Delta-IV Medium. Mission NROL-45. Photo Credit: Robert Fisher / AmericaSpace

A top secret, 8-ton National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)/Boeing Topaz imaging radar satellite was […]

Vandenberg Readies Secret NRO Topaz Imaging Radar Satellite for ULA Delta-IV Launch Feb. 10

ULA is set to launch NROL45 on a Delta-IV from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 3:39 a.m. PST Feb. 10. The mission will deliver the NRO/Boeing Topaz imaging radar reconnaissance satellite to orbit. Image Credit: ULA

A top secret, 8-ton National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)/Boeing Topaz imaging radar reconnaissance satellite is poised for liftoff […]