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US spy satellite launched into orbit from California

VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE (AP) – A classified satellite for the United States (US) National Reconnaissance Office launched into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta 4 Heavy rocket on Saturday.

The NROL-91 spy satellite lifted off at 3.25pm from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California’s Santa Barbara County.

It was the last launch of a Delta 4 from the West Coast. Additional launches are planned from Florida before the Deltas are replaced by ULA’s next-generation Vulcan Centaur rockets.

The Delta IV Heavy configuration first launched in December 2004. This was the 387th flight of a Delta rocket since 1960 and the 95th and final launch from Vandenberg.

The National Reconnaissance Office is the government agency in charge of developing, building, launching and maintaining US spy satellites that provide intelligence data to policymakers, the intelligence community and Defence Department.

United Launch Alliance (ULA), a classified satellite for the US National Reconnaissance Office is launched into orbit. PHOTO: AP
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