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US Space Force, SpaceX successfully launches National Reconnaissance Office mission from California

US Space Force, SpaceX successfully launches National Reconnaissance Office mission from California

Press release from: United States Space Force
Posted: Sunday April 17th 2022

U.S. Space Force Space Systems Command, SpaceX, and the National Reconnaissance Office successfully launched mission NROL-85 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket today at 6:13 a.m. from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-4 East at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California.

“We launched our second SpaceX Falcon 9 national security space launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base and it was stunning. The integrated team, the rocket, the satellite, everything was GO and this launch went well,” said Col. Robert Bongiovi, director of launch enterprise for Space Systems Command. “With each launch, we are adding to the capabilities of the country. We are building capabilities in space and together we are building the tools necessary to deal with the threat. And we’ve built fantastic partnerships with industry and teammates like the NRO to efficiently deliver these systems into orbit.

This is the second Falcon 9 launch into national security space since Vandenberg and the sixth Falcon 9 NSSL launch to date.

“We achieved this success by working together, ensuring that every facet of this mission was carefully planned and carefully accomplished,” said Dr. Walt Lauderdale, SSC’s Launch Enterprise Falcon division chief. “The NRO, SpaceX, and Space Systems Command’s 30th Space Launch Delta and Launch Enterprise remained mission-focused and placed critical national capabilities into orbit to meet our nation’s needs. Seem above! Space Systems Command is the US Space Force’s field command responsible for identifying, prototyping and rapidly deploying resilient space capabilities for joint combatants. SSC provides enduring joint space combat capabilities to defend the nation and its allies while disrupting adversaries in the contested space domain. SSC’s mission areas include acquisition and launch operations; spatial domain knowledge; positioning, navigation and timing; missile warning; satellite telecommunications; and inter-mission ground, command and control data.

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