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Atlas launches NRO payload
Posted: Sat, Oct 10, 2015, 11:09 AM ET (1509 GMT)
Atlas 5 launch of NROL-55 (ULA) An Atlas 5 successfully launched a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Thursday. The Atlas 5 401 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 8:49 am EDT (1249 GMT) on a mission designated NROL-55. The mission's primary payload was not disclosed, but is widely believed to be two naval ocean reconnaissance satellites. The rocket also carried 13 CubeSats for the NRO and NASA; the spacecraft were developed by a number of universities and organizations.
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