NRO Atlas 5 launch may place ship-tracking satellites into orbit

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An Atlas 5 scheduled to launch later today may place ship-tracking satellites into orbit.

The Atlas 5 401 is scheduled to launch at 12:50 p.m. Eastern today from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, with good weather forecast for the launch.

The mission carries a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, who has not provided details about it but which may be an “Intruder” mission of two satellites designed to track ships at sea. [AmericaSpace]


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