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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A rocket carrying a top-secret payload blasted off Tuesday from the California coast.
The Delta IV rocket lifted off at 4:12 p.m. from the Vandenberg Air Force Base, about 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
Since the launch involved a classified cargo for the National Reconnaissance Office, no details were immediately available about whether it was boosted to its intended orbit.
The reconnaissance office, which oversees the nation's constellation of spy satellites, has kept mum about the purpose of the mission and directed United Launch All
Originally posted by tport17
I've seen these secret payload launches before. What are they launching? If it is really a radar imaging satellite, why can't they just come out and say so? Any other info on secret payload launches as of late?
the mission is in support of national defence.
Originally posted by thePharaoh
reply to post by tport17
oh my dayz...another top secret payload.....
that shouldnt be allowed...by anyone....full stop.
cmon, anything that happens in 2012 has been planned and organised i dont believe in any coincidences.
The official Notices to Airmen, or NOTAMs, released to the public this week to establish clear warning zones around the rocket's flight path indicate the booster is headed southwestward from Vandenberg Air Force Base on its trek downrange.
Typical Vandenberg launches head southward toward polar orbits or slightly southeastward on so-called "coast-hugger" ascents, depending on the payload's desired orbit.
In the upcoming launch, however, the Delta 4 rocket will take a distinct trajectory out over the Pacific Ocean that would result in delivering its classified satellite cargo into a retrograde orbit flying against Earth's natural rotation
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