NROL-79 delivered !

Atlas V performed flawlessly its 70th mission and delivered to orbit classified payload for National Reconnaissance Office. United Launch Alliance, operator of the Atlas V, decided to launch rocket in 401 configuration – payload was covered under 4 m payload fairing,  first core stage was not supported with boosters and upper stage was equipped with […]

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 […]

WorldView-4 delivered to orbit during 66th Atlas V mission !

Perfectly prepared and perfectly conducted – ULA against showed class during launch of WorldView-4 imaging satellite with piggyback payload of seven Cubesat satellites. This launch was postponed for two months due the huge fire devastating forests around Vandenberg Air Force Base. Atlas V with WorldView-4 luckily remained untouched, just as launch facilities and launch pad. Yesterday, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Requirements cost – NROL-37 scheduled on 27th April 2016

ORION-9 satellite created for National Reconnaissance Office will be launched utilizing DELTA IV HEAVY. Mission planned launch site is SLC-37, Cape Canaveral AFS. As usual National Reconnaissance Office does not disappoint and gives rise to speculating.  According some sources this time, planned payload will be Orion satellite. It would be ninth from Orion series so scheduled […]

Silence is golden – another classified NRO payload atop Atlas V (421) scheduled on 21st April 2016

National Reconnaissance Office mission NROL-61 utilizing United Launch Alliance ATLAS V rocket is planned on 21st April 2016  . Launch is planned from launch site SLC-41 in Cape Canaveral AFS. There is nothing special in fact, that next NROL mission is classified. As far as payload, we can only have gossips and conjectures. According to […]

New tentacle for blind octopus? – Next NROL-45 mission already on 10th February 2016

National reconnaissance office planned launch a satellite in the mission NROL-45 with United Launch Alliance DELTA IV Medium+ (5,2) from launch site SLC-6 in Vandenberg. We do not have to wait long for next launch for National reconnaissance office. As usual payload is highly classified but according to some sources this time Topaz-4 satellite will […]

Atlas V with NROL-55 already tomorrow!

NROL-55 mission for National Reconnaissance Office will be launched on 8th of October 2015 from Vandenberg, California. It will utilize United Launch Alliance ATLAS V rocket. Next classified mission is starting on 8th October from  Vandenberg AFB SLC-3. As usual with NRO mission payload   has not been made public. Auxiliary payload is known – thirteen Cubesat  satellites […]