What We Know About NROL-49

Posted: January 21, 2011 in Songs of Space and Nuclear War
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We know there are some very cool launch photos at two locations at Spaceflight Now.

And we know the launch was a success up until the media blackout which occurred around the six and a half minute point.  Other than that, not so much.

From the Air Force Press Release:

"The teamwork between the 30th Space Wing, the National Reconnaissance Office, United Launch Alliance and numerous other agencies was outstanding for our first-ever Delta 4-HLV from Vandenberg Air Force Base," said Col. Keith Balts, 30th Space Wing vice commander and Launch Decision Authority. "I’m very proud to be part of the team who worked so hard to make this mission a success."

We also know that a Delta IV Heavy is the largest launch vehicle to ever fly off the West Coast at 23 stories, making about 2 million pounds of thrust  and heard from as far away as 50 miles. 

Mission cost was guesstimated at $1 billion and that payload fairing separation occurred as planned.

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