Vandenberg launches rocket with secret payload

December 6, 2013

Atlas_V_551_with_New_Horizons_on_Lauch_Pad_41A rocket with a secret payload launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base late Thursday night. [NBC 13]

The 19-story-tall Atlas V rocket launched around 11:15 p.m. Thursday and headed toward low-Earth orbit.

It is unknown what is onboard, but the Atlas V is carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, which operates U.S. intelligence gathering satellites.

Cold weather threatened the launch, but the rocket took off successfully within its launch window.

Atlas V has launched a total of 77 times from Vandenberg and Cape Canaveral, Florida. Thursday marked the second time this year that it has taken off from a West Coast location.





  1. ironyman2000 says:

    Clearly there are rocket surgeons o’plenty with nothing better to do with their lives than to try
    to come up with some “clever” thing thing to write about a freaking rocket launch.

    • zaphod says:

      I am so loving that cephalopod logo , no one is afraid of the illuminaughti and the reptilian overlords these days,,, the octopus leviathan that rules the world? Its, its you and me and some tired episcopalian CEOs working for Booze Alien LLC being used by the mollusk intelligence over lords keeping an eye on global metabolism from low earth orbit

  2. leatherpink says:

    Secret payload, it’s no surprise, the Russians have more spy satellites than we do, so the US is playing catchup.

  3. R.Hodin says:

    If it’s a secret, it follows that the NSA is behind it.

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