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Air Force and its mission partners successfully launch NROL-42

NROL-42 Atlas V

The Mobile Service Tower or MST is rolled back at Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in preparation for the launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the NROL-42 mission. (Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance)

NROL-42 Atlas V

The Mobile Service Tower or MST is rolled back at Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in preparation for the launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the NROL-42 mission. (Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance)

NROL-42 Atlas V

The Mobile Service Tower or MST is rolled back at Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in preparation for the launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the NROL-42 mission. (Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance)

NROL-42 Atlas V

- The Mobile Service Tower or MST is rolled back at Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in preparation for the launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the NROL-42 mission. (Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance)

NROL-42 Atlas V

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying NROL-42 mission lifts off from Space Launch Complex-3 at 10:49:47 p.m. PDT. (Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance)

NROL-42 Atlas V

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying NROL-42 mission lifts off from Space Launch Complex-3 at 10:49:47 p.m. PDT. (Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance)

NROL-42 Atlas V

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying NROL-42 mission lifts off from Space Launch Complex-3 at 10:49:47 p.m. PDT. (Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance)

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched a United Launch Alliance Atlas V vehicle carrying a national security payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) from SLC-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, at 10:49 p.m. PST, Sept 23.

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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