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Rocket Lab launches surveillance satellite for Australian DoD, US NRO



by Oishee Majumdar

Rocket Lab launched NROL-199, jointly developed by the US NRO and the Australian Department of Defense, on its Electron rocket from New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula spaceport on August 4. (Rocket Lab)

The second of two surveillance satellites, jointly developed by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) of the United States and the Australian Department of Defense (DoD), was launched by the American Rocket Lab from the spaceport on the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand on August 4.

US NRO and Rocket Lab confirmed on Twitter the launch of this second satellite, called “Antipodean Adventure” or NROL-199.

The first satellite, called Wise One Looks Ahead, or NROL-162, along with NROL-199, “carries a national security payload” designed and built by the US NRO in partnership with the Australian Department of Defense, an NRO spokesperson said. Janes August 3.

The two agencies will cooperate in the operation of these satellites, the spokesman said.

The spokesman said the NROL-162 and NROL-199 missions “are the latest examples of the NRO’s commitment to improving relations” with US “allies and partners” and demonstrate the NRO’s ability to launch multiple missiles in sequence from overseas.



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