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Secret U.S. Spy Satellite Launches Into Orbit on Huge Rocket

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posted on Nov, 23 2010 @ 02:03 AM
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Not just secret, but according to the article , the largest 'satellite' ever launched into space. The Rocket can launch 24 tons into low earth orbit. As a comparison, the Hubble was only 12 tons.

I don't know about anyone else, but I'd sure like a better idea of what was on that rocket. Any ideas?

www.space.com...




A huge unmanned rocket carrying a secret new spy satellite for the United States roared into space Sunday (Nov. 21) to deliver what one reconnaissance official has touted as "the largest satellite in the world" into orbit. The giant booster – a Delta 4 Heavy rocket – blasted off at 5:58 p.m. EST (2258 GMT) from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida carrying a classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office




The rocket is built and launched by the United Launch Alliance, a partnership between Lockheed Martin and Boeing. It made its first flight in 2004 and is capable of launching payloads of up to 24 tons into low-Earth orbit and 11 tons toward the geosynchronous orbits used by communications satellites.

edit on 23-11-2010 by fah0436 because: Trivial typos




posted on Nov, 23 2010 @ 02:12 AM
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This thread is already covered HERE!

Please use the search function before starting a new thread so that we do not keep getting duplicate threads.



posted on Nov, 23 2010 @ 11:55 AM
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Originally posted by nolabel
This thread is already covered HERE!

Please use the search function before starting a new thread so that we do not keep getting duplicate threads.


Sorry that i missed the other thread. I was monitoring all the usual boards very closely for the last several days looking for this topic and did not see it. Thanks for the URL. And the search tip.



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