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Top secret NRO payload installed on Minotaur rocket for launch from Virginia

1 month ago   |   By Spaceflight Now

The Minotaur 4's payload shroud is lifted atop the rocket at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Credit: NRO
Crews working on Virginia's Eastern Shore this week raised a top secret payload for the National Reconnaissance Office - the U.S. government's spy satellite agency - atop a solid-fueled Minotaur 4 rocket for liftoff July 15 on the first Minotaur launch in nearly three years.
Contained inside the Minotaur's aerodynamic launch shroud, the NRO payload was craned on top of the Minotaur 4 rocket Thursday on pad 0B at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. The...
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