US rocket launches carrying secret satellite

Jun 29, 2012

(AP) — A new U.S. clandestine satellite has rocketed into space.

An unmanned Delta IV-Heavy lifted off Friday morning from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It carried a for the National Reconnaissance Office.

The office is keeping quiet about the satellite's purpose.

This was the second rocket for the NRO in the last two weeks. An Atlas V rocket carrying another secret satellite was launched June 20.

Friday's launch was delayed a day because of concerns about weather conditions caused by Tropical Storm Debby earlier in the week. The launch was delayed three hours for several technical issues with a sticky valve.

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baudrunner
5 / 5 (1) Jun 29, 2012
"Satellite?". Who knows for sure? If we knew the payload mass, then we could better speculate as to its purpose. There's too much secrecy going on with NASA these days. I'm going to assume hencetoforth that all secret payloads are destined for a rendezvous with planet X.
Estevan57
1.9 / 5 (14) Jun 29, 2012
The payload is a NROL-15 spy satellite. To spy on planet X. :)

http://phys.org/n...ine.html
Meyer
1 / 5 (1) Jun 29, 2012
There's too much secrecy going on with NASA these days. I'm going to assume hencetoforth that all secret payloads are destined for a rendezvous with planet X.

Was NASA even involved with this Air Force / NRO launch?
Estevan57
1.9 / 5 (13) Jun 29, 2012
I find no sources that say that NASA was involved.
extinct
1 / 5 (1) Jun 30, 2012
on 1/14/2004 George Bush announced the end of the space shuttle ( http://www.nasa.g...ion.html ) and said that as a consolation prize we'd send some probes to the moon and work on a new manned vehicle, both to be *completed* by 2008. well those Plan B's turned out to be fascist lies, but our illegitimate leaders carried on with ending the space shuttle anyway, with no actual Plan B in place. Obama the drooling lapdog carried on with this stupid strategy, and now we're finding ourselves at the end of the public space era and the beginning of the privatized/militarized space era. i would submit that anyone who is surprised at any aspect of this turn of events is part of the problem/ for not paying attention or speaking out earlier.
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." --the dude on the 2-dollar bill
Bowler_4007
2.6 / 5 (5) Jun 30, 2012
secret? are they saying that only a select few people know? i'm pretty sure most of the world population will at some point hear about this, so just how secret is it?
PussyCat_Eyes
2 / 5 (4) Jul 02, 2012
The copyright is from The Associated Press. How secret can it be if the AP has it?
Vendicar_Decarian
3.4 / 5 (5) Jul 02, 2012
Poor PussyCat. She can't tell the difference between a secret satellite launch and the launch of a secret satellite.

In America since the time of Reagan, presidential speeches have had to be dumbed down from a grade 11 level of comprehension to a grade 8 level.

PussyCat shows us that even that level of dumbness is not sufficient.