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Rocket with classified payloads launches from Eastern Shore

Posted at 12:29 PM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 12:29:47-04

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. -- A rocket carrying classified payloads for the U.S. government has launched from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

The Daily Times of Salisbury, Maryland, reports that Wednesday morning’s launch was the first-ever mission by the U.S. Space Force from Wallops.

The rocket was carrying payloads for the National Reconnaissance Office.

The federal agency is in charge of designing and building America’s intelligence satellites.

The Minotaur IV rock is 78 feet tall and is built and operated by Northrop Grumman.

It’s made from commercial parts as well as those of a decommissioned Peacekeeper intercontinental ballistic missile.