Air Force, Mission Partners Launch NRO Payload

An Atlas V rocket carrying the NROL-79 mission lifts off from Vandenberg AFB's Space Launch Complex-3 at 9:50 a.m. PST, March 1.(Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance)

An Atlas V rocket carrying the NROL-79 mission lifts off from Vandenberg AFB's Space Launch Complex-3 at 9:50 a.m. PST, March 1.(Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance)

An Atlas V rocket carrying the NROL-79 mission lifts off from Vandenberg AFB's Space Launch Complex-3 at 9:50 a.m. PST, March 1.(Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance)

An Atlas V rocket carrying the NROL-79 mission lifts off from Vandenberg AFB's Space Launch Complex-3 at 9:50 a.m. PST, March 1.(Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance)

An Atlas V rocket carrying the NROL-79 mission lifts off from Vandenberg AFB's Space Launch Complex-3 at 9:50 a.m. PST, March 1.(Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance)

An Atlas V rocket carrying the NROL-79 mission lifts off from Vandenberg AFB's Space Launch Complex-3 at 9:50 a.m. PST, March 1.(Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance)

An Atlas V rocket carrying the NROL-79 mission lifts off from Vandenberg AFB's Space Launch Complex-3 at 9:50 a.m. PST, March 1.(Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance)

An Atlas V rocket carrying the NROL-79 mission lifts off from Vandenberg AFB's Space Launch Complex-3 at 9:50 a.m. PST, March 1.(Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance)

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE, Calif. --

The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched a United Launch Alliance Atlas V vehicle carrying a National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) national security payload from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, today at 9:49 a.m. PST.

“This launch is a testament to the teamwork between the Air Force and its mission partners," said Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, Space and Missile Systems Center commander and Air Force program executive officer for Space. “Congratulations to the NROL-79 integrated team of government and industry partners for a successful launch.”


The Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center, located at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the U.S. Air Force's center of excellence for acquiring and developing military space systems.  Its portfolio includes space launch, global positioning, military space vehicle communications, defense meteorological space vehicles, range systems, space vehicle control networks, space-based infrared systems, and space situational awareness capabilities.

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