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ULA Launches Fifth NRO Mission In Seven Months

Source: United Launch Alliance
by Staff Writers
Vandenberg AFB CA (SPX) Apr 21, 2011
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-3 here at 9:24 p.m. PDT on April 14th. Designated NROL-34, the mission is in support of national defense.

Yesterday marked the 25th Atlas V rocket launch in program history. The first Atlas V launched in August 2002. Since then, Atlas V has launched a variety of payloads for the military, NASA, and commercial customers, all successfully.

"Yesterday's successful launch of the NROL-34 mission represents a tremendous accomplishment for our national security customer," said Jim Sponnick, ULA vice president, Mission Operations.

"Less than two years ago, this integrated team put in place a very challenging plan to launch five EELV/NRO missions in less than seven months. The combined NRO Office of Space Launch, U.S. Air Force Launch and Range, and ULA teams have executed this plan flawlessly, culminating in yesterday's successful launch aboard our 25th Atlas V rocket.

"With each of these incredibly important launches, we are reminded of the role we play in offering enhanced effectiveness and safety to the men and women protecting our country. Congratulations to the ULA team and our government, mission, and supplier partners for making these five successful NRO missions possible."

This mission was launched by an Atlas V 411 configuration launch vehicle, which uses a single common core booster powered by the RD-180 engine and one solid rocket motor. This was the fourth launch of 2011 for ULA, including two for the NRO and one for the United States Air Force.

ULA's next launch is the Atlas V SBIRS GEO-1 mission currently scheduled for May 6 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla

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