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Air Force and its mission partners successfully launch NROL -71

NROL-71 Launch

A Delta IV Heavy with the NROL-71 mission aboard lifts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Jan 19. SMC acquired the rocket and provided mission assurance for the mission. (Photo courtesy of ULA)

NROL-71

A Delta IV Heavy lifts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base carrying the NROL-71 mission into space. (Photo courtesy of ULA)

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE, Calif. --

The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the NROL-71 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office aboard a Delta IV Heavy from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.  Liftoff occurred at ­­ 11:10 a.m. PST, Jan. 19.

The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center acquired NROL-71’s launch services from United Launch Alliance and applied rigorous mission assurance processes from the launch vehicle’s production through liftoff to ensure mission success.

Located at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, SMC 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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