The U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) isn't saying much about its new spy satellite, now scheduled to blast off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Monday (May 1), but it will be heading into low-Earth orbit, SpaceX's launch license shows.
When the private spaceflight company launches the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) satellite, designated NROL-76, a 10-year stretch where every U.S. military and national security satellite was launched by United Launch Alliance (ULA) will end.
The Trump administration has already moved aggressively in a number of areas, such as tax policy, health care, immigration and environmental regulation. But it hasn't done a lot regarding space science and exploration.
SpaceX is preparing to launch a classified spacecraft into orbit on a Falcon 9 rocket for the National Reconnaissance Office, breaking United Launch Alliance's 10-year monopoly on launching U.S. military and national security satellites.