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    A reconnaissance satellite has been launched from the the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

    PORTLAND (Sputnik) — The United States launched on Wednesday a confidential reconnaissance satellite on an Atlas V carrier rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in the state of California.

    The United Launch Alliance launched the Atlas V 401 for the country's NROL-79 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office at 9:49 PT (17:49 GMT).

    The NROL-79 mission is classified and the purpose and final orbit altitude of the satellite are secret.

    The National Reconnaissance Office develops space-based reconnaissance systems for US intelligence.

    The NROL-79 mission could be a pair of Naval Ocean Surveillance Satellite spacecraft used by the US Navy, according to Spaceflight Insider.


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