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Air Force and its mission partners successfully launch NROL-52

NROL-52 Launch

An Atlas V rocket carrying NROL-52 mission lifts off from Space Launch Complex-41 at 3:28 a.m. ET, Oct. 15 . (Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance)

NROL-52 Launch

An Atlas V rocket carrying NROL-52 mission lifts off from Space Launch Complex-41 at 3:28 a.m. ET, Oct. 15 . (Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance)

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the NROL-52 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) aboard an Atlas V from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Liftoff occurred at 3:28 a.m. EDT, Oct. 15.

The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center acquired the launch vehicle for the mission and flight-followed the launch for Atlas V mission assurance.

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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