Apr 30, 2017 01:58 AM EDT
On weekend, SpaceX will launch its first big satellite for the US military. The NROL-76 is prepared on its first national security mission.
SpaceNews reported that the preparations are underway for the launching of the first big satellite of SpaceX for the US Military particularly the National Reconnaissance Office. The NROL-76 is the first big satellite set for a classified security mission is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sunday.
Now, according to The Verge, everything is ready for the launching of the NROL-76 satellite. SpaceX will then set the landing first of the Falcon 9 rocket on solid ground back at the Cape before the launching of the NROL-76. This will be followed by the planned two-hour official launching of the first big satellite starting at 7 am.
Meanwhile, the exactly planned liftoff time of the NROL-76 has not yet announced. Afterward, this schedule will be followed by another event on Tuesday. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will take the NROL-76 for a completed fire test during a liftoff from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex.
Unfortunately, just like the previous launches of the NRO, the latest satellite's final destination and capability is still not yet confirmed or whatever next steps the probe will perform after getting to its destination. It is because most of the time, SpaceX does not announce NRO missions on purpose, this would mean that unlike from the usual SpaceX missions where there are unlimited shots in space, in MRO, there would be limited.
This launch would be unique since it's not only the SpaceX which is involved but also NRO wherein in last decades only had few missions. SpaceX won't be encountering any problems related to the launch because the agency received certification last 2015 as a permission to launch military satellites with the US Air Force. On Sunday, through SpaceX, the NRO military satellite will be launched at 7 AM ET and will be backed up at the same hour on May 1st, Monday.
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