[Satellite TODAY 06-22-12] United Launch Alliance (ULA)
has placed a new U.S. spy satellite launched into orbit on a security mission for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office
, ULA announced June 21.
The Lockheed Martin, Boeing joint venture said the NROL-38 reconnaissance spacecraft launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station atop a ULA Atlas 5 rocket.
"Congratulations to the NRO and to all the mission partners involved in this critical national security launch,” ULA Vice President for Mission Operations Jim Sponnick said in a statement. “This launch marks an important milestone as we celebrate the 50th successful Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) mission, with 31 Atlas 5 and 19 Delta 4 missions flown since August 2002.”