US spy satellite launched from California

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VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) – The US National Reconnaissance Office launched a classified satellite into orbit on Saturday aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta 4 Heavy rocket.

The NROL-91 spy satellite was launched at 3:25 p.m. from Vandenberg Space Force Base in Santa Barbara County, California.

It was the last Delta 4 launch from the West Coast. More launches from Florida are planned before replacing the Deltas with ULA’s next-generation Vulcan Centaur missiles.

The Delta IV Heavy configuration was first launched in December 2004. This was the 387th flight of a Delta rocket since 1960 and the 95th and final launch by Vandenberg.

The National Reconnaissance Office is the government agency responsible for the development, construction, launch, and maintenance of America’s spy satellites, which provide information to lawmakers, intelligence agencies, and the Department of Defense.

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