The Falcon 9 rocket is used for the fifth launch.
The company Ilon Musk SpaceX has successfully launched a heavy launch vehicle Falcon 9 with the classified satellite NROL-108 U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). This became known on Saturday, December 19.
The launch took place at 09:00 am EST from the launch pad LC-39A at Cape Canaveral in Florida.
The purpose, orbit, size and other characteristics of the American NROL-108 satellite, which weighs up to seven tons, are not officially reported. The mission and capabilities of this type of satellite are strictly classified. According to available data, it is designed for electronic reconnaissance.
The first reusable stage launch vehicle Falcon 9, which is used for the fifth time to launch, 8 minutes 15 seconds after the launch made a controlled vertical landing at the Baikonur.
In addition, SpaceX rescue vessels will have to catch in overwater nets or fished out of the Atlantic two flaps of the rocket’s payload fairing, which will come down on parachutes.