Classified US satellite launched into space

May 22, 2014

The Air Force has launched a top-secret satellite.

The unmanned Atlas V rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Thursday, soaring through a clear morning sky. It hoisted a satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office, which designs, builds and flies America's intelligence satellites.

The mission is classified for national security reasons and so no details are available about the satellite. Launch commentary ended five minutes after . Launch Control called the liftoff a success.

United Launch Alliance provided the rocket.

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5 / 5 (2) May 22, 2014
There is really no need to be secretive about it. the Chinese have had the blueprints and are improving them now. The Russians are hacking the thing to drain ATM machines. US forces are using it for high speed Doom games with their friends around the world.
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