US Military Spy Satellite Begins Secret Mission After Delta Launch

Posted: Feb 11 2016, 9:17am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

US Military Spy Satellite Begins Secret Mission After Delta Launch
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  • Rocket launches Spy Satellite into Orbit around the Earth

A rocket launched a spy satellite into orbit around the earth recently. It was a successful mission alright.

The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Rocket was ready for the purpose it had been built for. So it launched a spy satellite belonging to the US Intelligence into orbit around the earth.

Take-off took place from the Coast of California. It was given a boost by twin solid rocket motors. This is the fourth in a series of information gathering satellites that comprise the Topaz Project. Topaz was a code word that was divulged by CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The slogan and image for the mission consist of the words “For those who have given all, we remember” and a warrior in sorrow over a memorial to a martyred comrade respectively.

It was seen to it that the confidentiality was maintained. So the Webcast was curtailed five minutes into the launch of the spy satellite.

The solid motors and payload detached from the main body after a while. It was indeed a moment of pride for the ULA to have delivered such a vital requirement into space for the United States.

It’s the second such mission in a week’s time. An Atlas V Rocket carried a GPS system satellite into space for the US Air Force earlier. Over the next couple of years, the ULA has plans to curtail its program.

March 22nd is the date set fo the launch of a cargo load that will reach the ISS aboard the Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft.

After the blaze of glory in which this satellite was launched before the break of dawn, everything worked out smoothly. The National Reconnaissance Office was responsible for the launch. As for the satellite, it was given the serial number NROL-45.

The exact mission and plans of the spy satellite are a top secret. It will probably support such issues of national security that are not spoken of in public places. After all, every country has a right to keep certain things under wraps. Its very viability is tied up with these state secrets.

The NRO began its journey in 1960. Four years earlier, the USSR had launched Sputnik. The United States had no other option other than to come into competition with its rival, the USSR.

The NRO played its role for a generation after which it was declassified in the early 90s. According to, there are three more launches that will occur in the current year. What happened after that lies in the future. And the future belongs to the future itself.

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