The U.S. launched its spy satellite into space, which is kept as a state secret. The satellite was developed by Lockheed Martin and Boeing.
The U.S. launched its spy satellite, “NROL-82.”
The satellite, whose function was kept secret, was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on a “Delta 4 Heavy” heavy-carrying rocket produced by United Launch Alliance, a partnership between Lockheed Martin and Boeing.
The launch was broadcast live online, with the second stage of the rocket firing and the shield that stores the satellite turned on, cutting off the broadcast for “privacy” reasons.
It is not known what mission the satellite belonging to the National Reconnaissance Bureau (NRO), the intelligence unit responsible for designing, manufacturing, launching, and operating reconnaissance satellites in the United States, will be used for.