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USA launched carrier rocket Delta IV with classified military satellite NROL-47. The stream start from the base of Vandenberg led the United Launch Alliance (ULA) on its website.
As noted by The Verge, It is the 27th launch of the National intelligence Agency of the country, which coordinates the many others that are used for monitoring and data collection.
Payload of the rocket is little known, says the publication. The launch was postponed twice. First start was scheduled for 10 January, but fell due to strong winds. Then it was postponed for January 11, but again was cancelled because of problems with valve grounding system.
8 Jan private company SpaceX successfully launched into orbit a classified satellite Zuma for the needs of the U.S. government. Which functions it performs — not specified. Media reported that Zuma also belongs to the National intelligence Agency, but the Agency denied this information.
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