NROL-52

NROL-52 spacecraft spotted on orbit

Launched on October 15, 2017 on the top of the Atlas V (421) classified National Reconnaissance Satellite was spotted by observers hours after launch. Rocket with NROL-52 payload was launched on 07:28 UTC on October 15, 2017, from SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral. After first phase of flight when rocket set its course to south-east it was impossible to track vehicle Continue Reading The post NROL-52 spacecraft spotted on orbit appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

NROL-52 classified GEo communications satellite delivered to orbit by Atlas V

United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket delivered for the fifth time in 2017 today to orbit classified spacecraft for National Reconnaissance Office after flawless launch from SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral. This launch was preceded by four not successful launch attempts which took place on October 5th, 6th, 7th and 14th. First two launch attempts were interrupted by poor weather conditions, Continue Reading The post NROL-52 classified GEo communications satellite delivered to orbit by Atlas V appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

NROL-52 postponed for the third time

This time not weather conditions, but technical issues with Atlas V launch vehicle caused another delay in NROL-52 space mission. Rocket spent last days at SLC-41 with payload encapsulated under the fairing, as Atlas V was rolled out on Tuesday, October 3. After two not successful launch attempts on Thursday and Friday , ULA decided to launch Atlas V with Continue Reading The post NROL-52 postponed for the third time appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

NROL-52 delayed again due the weather conditions

Top secret flight of Atlas 5 with classified payload for National Reconnaissance Office was again postponed for 24 hours. This time launch attempt was in fact even not started. After yesterday’s hold, countdown was not resumed due the same reason. Extremely strong winds at SLC-41 made launch impossible and ULA decided to postpone launch of Atlas 5 (421) with NROL-52 Continue Reading The post NROL-52 delayed again due the weather conditions appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

NROL-52 delayed !

Launch of the ULA atlas 5 rocket with classified payload for National Reconnaissance Office was delayed for 24 hours. Launch was scheduled for today from SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral at 07:30 UTC. Rocket in 421 configuration (2 boosters, 4 m fairing and single RL-10 engine installed at Centaur upper stage)  was rolled out on October 3, 2017. First tests of Continue Reading The post NROL-52 delayed ! appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]