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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Falcon 9 Closes Record Year with 4th Iridium Launch, 1st Stage Disposal Gathers Flight Data

A flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket lit up the evening sky over California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base on Friday to deploy ten more Iridium-NEXT communications satellites to take the largest satellite constellation upgrade ever undertaken across the halfway point to the finish line.

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Second-To-Last Delta II Successfully Delivers JPSS-1 Weather Satellite to Orbit

The second-to-last Delta II rocket lit up the night over California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base in the early hours on Saturday, taking to the skies with the JPSS-1 Weather Satellite for NASA and NOAA, set to become America’s primary meteorological spacecraft in Polar Orbit.

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Nighttime Delta II Launch Attempt Halted by Technical Issue & Fouled Range

ULA’s Delta II rocket was forced to abandon a nighttime launch attempt from California in the early hours on Tuesday due to a technical issue with the rocket’s second stage engine actuator as well as a fouled range with boasts in the offshore hazard area where the vehicle’s ground-lit boosters were expected to impact.

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Penultimate Delta II Rocket Stands Ready for JPSS-1 Weather Satellite Launch from California

The penultimate Delta II rocket stands ready for an early morning liftoff from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base on Tuesday with the first operational satellite of the Joint Polar Satellite System, the next generation of low-orbiting weather satellites operated by NASA and NOAA.

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