The United Launch Alliance is readying to send one of its Atlas V rockets to space to launch a classified reconnaissance satellite.
The satellite is designed and operated by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), which is part of the US intelligence program.
The NRO payload has been scheduled for liftoff at 9:50 a.m. local time (1750 GMT) on Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The satellite will be the fifth NRO payload launched by a Atlas V in the US state of California, US department of defense announced Tuesday.
"We are postured for another successful Atlas launch," US Air Force 30th Space Wing Commander Colonel Christopher Moss.
Details of the payload are classified but the NRO is the military agency responsible for US spy satellites.
The United States has used the Atlas two-stage rocket for more than four decades. The first stage of the latest model, the Atlas V, is powered by a Russian-made RD 180 engine.
Atlas V is an active expendable launch system in the Atlas rocket family. Atlas V was formerly operated by Lockheed Martin, and is now operated by the Lockheed Martin-Boeing joint venture United Launch Alliance (ULA).
Lockheed Martin built, US Navys fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-5) satellite is ready for launch on Atlas V 551 on June 21 this year from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-5) satellite is the latest addition to a network of orbiting satellites and relay ground stations that is revolutionizing secure communications for mobile military forces
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United Launch Alliance (ULA)'s Atlas V 401 rocket has launched the classified NROL-55 mission including spy satellites for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). ULA has collaborated with the NRO Office of Space Launch and the Air Force on the integration and launch of the NROL-55 spacecraft to orbit with Atlas V vehicle
A European-firm, Atlas Elektronik has won the competition to equip Indian Navys indigenous Delhi class and Russian-origin Talwar class warships with its sonar system. The Navy officials were quoted as saying by Press Trust of India (PTI) that the firm is the lowest bidder and the Defence Ministry is yet to declare its final decision on the deal
US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) plans to test laser weapons on its AC-130 gunships within a year. The laser beams would be a defence against incoming missiles or enemy jets
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