SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launches second US spy satellite into orbit

A classified satellite of the US National Reconnaissance Office was successfully launched into space on Sunday morning with a reusable SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, officials confirmed.

The NROL-85 satellite was launched at 6:13 a.m. local time from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. Sunday’s launch was the first time NRO reused a rocket booster previously launched into space, NRO said in a statement,

The NRO only described the NROL-85 satellite, the second launched with SpaceX this year, as a “critical national security payload.”

According to SpaceXElon Musk’s aerospace company, it has launched a total of 147 Falcon-9 rockets, of which 107 have landed. A total of 87 rockets have been flown again, including the first one used for the second time in 2017.

The first stage of the Falcon flew back and landed at a seaside base northwest of Los Angeles.

The launch was one of three Air Force launches contracted from SpaceX for a combined fixed price of $297 million in 2019.

The NRO is a government agency tasked with building and launching American satellites that provide intelligence data to lawmakers, intelligence agencies, and the Department of Defense.

post with wires

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