A US intelligence company stated Wednesday that its latest spy satellite successfully launched into orbit atop a reusable SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
The rocket took off at 12.27pm native time (2027 GMT) from the Vandenberg Air Force base in California, the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), which is in command of the US Space Force, stated in a press release.
After releasing the satellite, dubbed NROL-87, into orbit, the Falcon 9 rocket then landed again on the base, the company stated.
“NROL-87 is designed, constructed, and operated by the NRO to assist its overhead reconnaissance mission,” the assertion stated.
The NRO gave few different particulars concerning the satellite however stated it’ll “present a wide-range of well timed intelligence data.”
The NRO, a division of the US Defence Department, operates a big community of surveillance satellites, and is headquartered close to Washington, in northern Virginia.
NROL-87, the primary satellite launched by the NRO in 2022, is the third time the company has used a Falcon 9 rocket.
The NRO has launched 16 different satellites over the previous two years. – AFP