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October 2nd, 2017

ULA is Up and At'em Again with NROL 52, Another Secret Mission for NROL

ULA is in a rhythm and no sooner do they have a launch with NROL-42 than alone comes NROL-52, a mission once again that is in support of national security, for the National Reconnaissance Office, which is set to lift off on a ULA Atlas V rocket on Thursday, October 5, from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. 


Today’s L-4 forecast shows a 60 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch. The October 5 launch time is 4:07 a.m. ET.

Launch Forecast Summary:

  • Overall probability of violating weather constraints: 40 percent
  • Primary concerns: Cumulus Clouds and Ground Winds
  • Overall probability of violating weather constraints for 24 hour delay: 60 percent
  • Primary concern: Cumulus Clouds

The NROL-52 mission will mark ULA’s seventh launch of 2017 and 26th for the National Reconnaissance Office.

NROL-52 will be the 74th flight of the Atlas V rocket and the seventh in the 421 configuration. 

Headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia, the National Reconnaissance Office develops and operates overhead reconnaissance systems and conducts intelligence-related activities for U.S. national Security.

The NRO is the nation's eyes and ears in space, supporting policy makers, the Armed Services, the Intelligence Community, Departments of State, Justice and Treasury, and civil agencies. All of them depend on the unique capabilities NRO systems provide.