ULA Scrubs Third Countdown for Launch of NRO Spy Satellite

Atlas 5 on the launchpad ahead of the NROL 52 mission on Oct. 7. Photo: ULA.

Atlas 5 on the launchpad ahead of the NROL 52 mission on Oct. 7. Photo: ULA.

United Launch Alliance (ULA) scrubbed its third attempt to launch a spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) early Saturday morning after weather troubles delayed the first two scheduled launches. The company cited a malfunction of a telemetry transmitter on the rocket during the countdown. It has not yet announced a new launch date for the mission, dubbed NROL-52.

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