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New US Spy Satellite Lifts Off as Obama Criticizes N. Korean Launch

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Days after criticizing North Korea for launching a satellite into space, the United States sent its own, brand new military satellite into orbit Wednesday morning.

The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is the agency in charge of the United States’ fleet of spy satellites, and early Wednesday morning, the NRO sent its latest above stratosphere. The NROL-45 satellite was sent into space on the back of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The NRO already has three additional launches scheduled for the upcoming year. Two will lift off in May and June, both from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The third will launch from Vandenberg in December.

The NRO will not say, specifically, what kind of operations these satellites will be conducting. Its payload remains classified, and a statement on the ULA’s website vaguely describes NROL-45 as being necessary for the "support of national defense."

The timing of this launch is surprising given Washington’s condemnation of a North Korean satellite launch on Sunday.

The United States views any rocket launch by Pyongyang as a veiled attempt to perfect its ballistic missile technology. In the wake of Sunday’s launch, President Obama reaffirmed America’s commitment to defending South Korea.

"The United States stands in solidarity with the ROK [South Korea] and will take the necessary steps to fulfill our ironclad commitment to defend the ROK and our other allies in the region," Obama told South Korean president Park Geun-hye on Monday night.

"Our concern though is that they do a space-launch but really it’s the same technology to develop ICBMs [intercontinental ballistic missiles]," a US official said earlier this month, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Leaders from South Korea, Japan, and the US have already agreed to pursue stricture United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang over Sunday’s launch.

"[The sides] agreed to closely cooperate to make sure that the Security Council can adopt a resolution for strong and effective sanctions on North Korea," said a press service for South Korean President Park.

It’s hard to imagine that the NRO’s series of satellite launches will elicit a similar reaction from Washington’s allies.

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satellite launch, NROL-45, Delta IV, United Nations, United Launch Alliance (ULA), US National Reconnaissance Office, Park Geun-hye, South Korea, North Korea, United States
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    Jet fuel can't melt steel beams,

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  • in reply toFlorianGeyer(Show commentHide comment)
    FlorianGeyer,
    Lol, funny but sad. There is a lot of good people in US but they have been trained from birth not to think ouside of the box and to believe their republicans and democrats ( same coin different sides ) so those who think for themselves are pepper sprayed, beaten even killed by the brainwashed police. Millions of zombies walking around they look like humans but they are very disfigured humans.
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    jameskees, Beautifully done. Thanks.
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    Dreamliners Can't Do 400kts GS at 1000ft MSL, Seals are gone. Coolant cracked them and the shock of lift off has allowed them to vent volatiles. Similar thing happened to space shuttle.
  • Baybarsin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    misterno1, Who started the Korean conflict anyway? Was it another Maidan where the U.S. picked at an open sore until it bled?
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    Dreamliners Can't Do 400kts GS at 1000ft MSL, I like. Keep up the good research! A&E for 9/11 Truth.
  • in reply toBaybars(Show commentHide comment)
    Baybars,
    It was a Communist revolution just in many places around the world in those years, but it was hijacked by the US and its allies in order to stop the spread of Communisam around the world. They did not care for the will of the people and they still don't, if it is going to take away from US backed corporations and banks the NATO will come and destroy it.
  • Moderate Terrorist
    There is no Rothschild bank in North Korea!" Exceptional" reason to destroy country?
  • Ann
    The US has no right to tell anyone else they can't have their own satellite. NK isn't doing anything wrong and this sanction sh!t is getting out of control. Enough is enough. The deal was - NO NUKES. Satellites and even ICBMs are not nukes. This is getting ridiculous.
  • Ann in reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    misterno1, And they will not stop persecuting NK until they submit to the banking cartel. That's a fact.
  • Ann in reply toDreamliner Wings Can't Fold Back on Pentagon Impact(Show commentHide comment)
    Dreamliners Can't Do 400kts GS at 1000ft MSL, yeah, they seem to cut as much of that out of the camera shots as they can, about a third of one side was a line of flames above the rockets
  • Ann in reply toBaybars(Show commentHide comment)
    Baybars, but this one is unmanned, right?
  • Ann in reply toModerate Terrorist(Show commentHide comment)
    Moderate Terrorist, YEP.
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    misterno1,

    I will have to disagree with you. The relationship between China and North Korea goes much deeper and further than that. It is nothing like the relationship between US and South Korea. For a starter, a large number of Chinese military leadership during the civil war against US backed Chinese nationalists were North Koreans. When Mao was chased by the nationalists in the late 1940s and was in dire situation, Mao asked North Korea for help and North Korea sent close to 50,000 troops. The North Korean troops literally saved Mao and eventually played a key role in driving the nationalists all the way to Taiwan. There is a reason why one of Mao's son died in the Korean war. I would say were it not for North Korea, there would not be China as we know it today.
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    linebackerk,
    I know that their story and history is intertwined but 100 of thousands Chinese died defending North Korea ( Korea since there was no north korea before the armistice in 1953 )
  • tonyw247
    the us is far more a space weapon threat to the world than a puny North Korean adventure. The us wants to threaten the world and have it totally controlled. this is more of a threat than North Korea will ever be. the next acceptable? satellite launch should be contracted to be launched by China. This will be a very difficult obstacle for the us to deal with. interesting to watch the outcome
  • tonyw247in reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    misterno1, the us is far more a space weapon threat to the world than a puny North Korean adventure. The us wants to threaten the world and have it totally controlled. this is more of a threat than North Korea will ever be. the next acceptable? satellite launch should be contracted to be launched by China. This will be a very difficult obstacle for the us to deal with. interesting to watch the outcome
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    Its this unlimited $ printing press, the devils have gone berserk getting all the toys they want. Eg the Russian defence budget is $75b v US $600b?!!
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    misterno1,

    I fully agree that there are many Americans who still have the courage to stand up to the de facto 'rapists' of the totalitarian state. The state will allow men to marry men and for pornography and decadence etc to have a free rein BUT the state bears down very quickly on those who question the kleptocracy of the politicians and their paymasters in power.

    There are obviously many good US police BUT in any organisation there are those who are drawn to it because it offers access to their depravity. Ergo, paedophiles are drawn to careers in children's homes and school yard bullies are drawn to careers in the police forces etc. Its the same in all countries and made worse when those in power are also paedophiles and school yard bullies etc.
  • in reply toFlorianGeyer(Show commentHide comment)
    FlorianGeyer,
    Very well said you put that together perfectly, thank you.
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