After two delays, the US Space Force and SpaceX successfully launched a reconnaissance satellite into orbit on a Falcon 9 rocket early on Easter Sunday.
At 6:13 a.m. Sunday, the NROL-85 mission lifted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base northwest of Santa Barbara.
“We launched our second SpaceX Falcon 9 national security space launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base and it was superb,” said Col. Robert Bongiovi, director of Space Systems Command’s launch enterprise. in a Space Force statement. “The integrated team, the rocket, the satellite, everything was GO and this launch went well.”
The launch was originally scheduled for Friday morning but was moved to Saturday morning to allow teams to complete pre-launch checks and data reviews, SpaceX said on Twitter.
It was later rescheduled to Sunday morning, due to “excessive upper winds forecast for Saturday,” SpaceX said in another Twitter ad.
A video shared on Twitter by SpaceX showed the successful liftoff on Sunday.
The mission was the first time a previously used rocket booster had been used for a National Reconnaissance Bureau launch. The rocket was used in a reconnaissance satellite launch in February, also from Vandenberg.
Watch the launch below: