ORIGINAL NRO L 36 - ROSIE THE RIVETER ATLAS V - ULA USAF PATCH LAUNCH ON THURS.

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  • Sold Date: Aug 23, 2012
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LAUNCHING 8 /2 THURSDAY FROM VANDENBERG AFB....THIS IS (( NOT CLASSIFIED INFO. ))

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ORIGINAL - NRO L 36 - ROSIE THE RIVETER - ATLAS V - VAFB - ULA USAF SATELLITE LAUNCH PATCH - MADE IN THE USA -- FREEDOM'S SHIELD AND HOPE - ((( LAUNCHING IN - 2012 - FROM -VAFB ))) The US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) will launch a new spy satellite
into Earth's orbit on Thursday, August 2. Takeoff is scheduled to occur at
12:40 am PDT (0740 GMT), from the Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), in
California.
The classified payload will fly to space aboard an Atlas V delivery system
built by United Launch Alliance (ULA), a partnership between The Boeing
Company and Lockheed Martin. This particular mission will mark the fifth
Atlas V launch from the US West Coast.
In addition to the new spy satellite, known as NROL-36, the payload fairing
also contains a batch of 11 Cubesats, developed by a variety of universities
and research centers. The tiny spacecraft will also be injected into orbit
once the main payload is deployed.
Final preparations for takeoff are currently underway at the VAFB Space
Launch Complex 3E (SLC-3E), officials report. The installation features
standard retractable service gantry and a fixed umbilical tower, unlike the
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