The U.S. government has sent a large new spy satellite into space.
Carrying a payload for the secretive National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), the classified spacecraft lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA)-built Delta IV heavy-lift rocket.
The Aug. 28 launch, designated NROL-65, culminates years of work by the NRO, Air Force and industry.
A video of the launch can be viewed here.
NROL-65 is the first of two NRO launches planned for 2013. The next launch is scheduled for December at Vandenberg.
ULA’s next launch is slated for Sept. 18 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. An Atlas V rocket will carry the Air Force’s third Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-3) communications satellite.
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