SpaceX launches secretive spy satellite
Elon Musk’s commercial rocket company made a successful liftoff Monday morning from Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The mission was supposed to happen Sunday, but SpaceX delayed its flight because of a sensor problem on the bottom part of the rocket.
The customer for the launch was the National Reconnaissance Office, a U.S. government agency that develops and maintains spy satellites.
The payload, referred to as NROL-76, is classified. SpaceX shared no details on what type of surveillance the device will perform, how large it is or where in orbit it’s being delivered.
The NRO says it surveys potential threats to the United States by tracking terrorists and monitoring the development of nuclear weapons in other countries. It can also provide an early warning of a potential missile strike.