SpaceX completes first top-secret military mission


SpaceX on Monday launched its first spy satellite — and nailed another rocket landing.

The press briefing for the NROL-76 mission (PDF) carried out early Monday morning is short on details about the payload sent to orbit, but NRO stands for National Reconnaissance Office, a surveillance arm of the US military.

While we might not know much about what exactly the Falcon 9 rocket was carrying into orbit, the launch and landing went off without any major issues. The launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida had initially been set for Sunday, but was delayed by one day due to a sensor problem.  More >>

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