Classified NROL-47 Found in Orbit by Satellite Trackers, Identity Confirmed as Topaz 5

The classified NROL-47 satellite launched by a Delta IV rocket on Friday had barely made its first lap around Earth when its identity as a radar reconnaissance satellite was revealed by amateur satellite trackers listening to the spacecraft’s radio transmissions, found to be in family with predecessor missions of the same kind.

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Delta IV Rocket Blasts Off from California with U.S. Spy Satellite

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket thundered off from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base on Friday on classified government business, lifting the secret NROL-47 satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office to replenish the U.S. spy satellite fleet.

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Video: Delta IV Lifts Off with Classified NRO Satellite

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV M+(5,2) rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 6 at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base at 22:11 UTC on January 12, 2018 on a classified mission with the NROL-47 payload for the National Reconnaissance Office.

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Delay: ULA Delta IV Set for West Coast Launch with Classified National Reconnaissance Office Satellite

United Launch Alliance is gearing up for the final West Coast launch of the single-stick Delta IV rocket, planned from Vandenberg’s SLC-6 at 21:00 UTC on Thursday with the classified NROL-47 satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office to replenish the U.S. spy satellite fleet.

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Classified NRO Satellite Spotted in Orbit within Hours of Launch

Within hours of its arrival in a classified orbit on Sunday, satellite trackers spotted the clandestine NROL-52 satellite, confirming its expected orbital trajectory and adding further proof to its suspected role within the satellite fleet of the National Reconnaissance Office.

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Atlas V Blasts Off from Florida on Fifth Attempt, Classified NROL-52 Satellite Confirmed in Orbit

Lifting a classified satellite in the interests of U.S. National Security, ULA’s Atlas V rocket lit up the night skies over Florida’s Atlantic Coast on Sunday – finally getting off the ground on its fifth launch attempt.

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Dazzling Photos of Atlas V’s Early Morning Blastoff on Classified Government Mission

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 421 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch System 41 at 7:28 UTC on Sunday, October 15, 2017 on a classified mission with the NROL-52 satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office.

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Atlas V Rocket Rolls Back after Three Back-to-Back Launch Scrubs

ULA’s Atlas V rocket carrying the classified NROL-52 satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office has been forced to move back into its Integration Facility after suffering three consecutive launch delays earlier in the week.

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Delay to Saturday – Florida Weather Holds Up Classified Atlas V Launch with NROL-52

The launch of a classified satellite operated by the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office has been rescheduled for Friday after strong winds at the Cape Canaveral Launch Site prevented the Atlas V rocket to complete fueling operations for a launch attempt Thursday morning.

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DELAY — Electronic Eavesdropping Satellite Stands Ready for Liftoff atop Atlas V Rocket

A powerful Atlas V rocket sporting four boosters will light up the night over California late on Thursday, aiming for liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 5:38 UTC on Friday with the classified NROL-42 satellite

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