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  • dajukag dajukag Feb 4, 2011 11:32 AM Flag

    Saturday Minotaur Launch

    NRO Satellite To Launch On Saturday.

    Spaceflight Now (2/3, Clark) reports, "The US military plans to launch a Minotaur rocket Saturday with a secret technology research mission for the National Reconnaissance Office, the government agency that oversees the country's spy satellites." The launch will take place from the Vandenberg Air Force Base. "The NRO is keeping quiet on the mission's specifics, but the agency says it is part of a science and technology development effort to lay the groundwork for future systems." The article notes that back in September, NRO Director Bruce Carlson "told an Air Force Association meeting in September the agency is renewing its commitment to science and technology programs," with a greater request for funds to go to this area in next year's budget request.