SpaceX Launches Secret Spy Satellite

James Marshall
May 15, 2017

The military spy satellite was successfully launched into the orbit, and SpaceX marked their tenth successful landing.

The rocket lifted off at 7:15 a.m. Monday morning from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. This explains that SpaceX is steadily moving towards achieving its ambitious mission of complete reusability - with an aim to cut down re-launch time to under 24 hours.

SpaceX hoped Sunday to boldly go where it has never gone before, making its first foray into the government reconnaissance industry with the scheduled launch of a USA spy satellite. Department of Defense contract for SpaceX, and given the successful launch, we expect that SpaceX's launch schedule will be littered with additional military missions.

SpaceX is targeting launch of NROL-76 from historic Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

A launch attempt Sunday was foiled at the last minute by a bad sensor. Those who viewed the launch were, instead, treated to multiple views of the Falcon 9 first stage as it made its descent to Earth again, notes The Verge.

The launch was delayed from April 16.

SpaceX to was selected to launch NROL-76 'after a competition, ' said the NRO spokeswoman.

High altitude wind shear was also near the limit for Monday's launch, with Musk tweeting it was "98.6% of the theoretical load limit" but "not a showstopper". During SpaceX's last launch, founder Elon Musk said the company attempted to recover the payload fairings - the nose cone on the top of the rocket that protects the payload. The Hawthorne-based company has done four recoveries at LZ-1 now, with the first being about 18 months ago.

The recovery of the rocket's first stage is notable, as SpaceX is working on recovering and refurbishing the vehicle's first stages so they can be reused.

Hawthorne-based SpaceX has launched a top-secret spy satellite for the US government. If successful, this will be the fourth landed booster at Cape Canaveral.

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