Minotaur I delivers NROL-111's classified payload to orbit

Will Smoot

June 15, 2021

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The National Reconnaissance Office returns to Virginia's Eastern Shore in June 2021, launching atop the Minotaur I rocket.

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Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft lift off from Launchpad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia on October 2, 2020.  Photo credit: Jared Haworth / We Report Space

Cygnus 'Kalpana Chawla' launches from Virginia

Northrop Grumman's fourteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission lifts off from Wallops Island, delivering close to 8,000 pounds of supplies, experiments and consumables to the International Space Station.

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Northrop Grumman's Minotaur IV rocket launches from the Mid Atlantic Regional Spaceport on July 15, 2020.  Photo credit: Jared Haworth / We Report Space

Minotaur IV rocket successfully launches NRO payload

Wallops Island hosts its first Space Force launch, National Reconnaissance Office's L-129 mission.

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On a brilliantly blue morning in Virginia, the Cygnus cargo freighter begins its 2-day journey to the International Space Station.  Photo credit: Scott Schilke / We Report Space

Northrop Grumman debuts Antares 230+ launch vehicle on NG-12 mission

The morning calm of Chincoteague Island and the surrounding Eastern Shore of Virginia was briefly interrupted by a powerful rocket launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on November 2, 2019. Correspondent Will Smoot provides a first-hand account of launch viewing from Tom's Cove.

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Northrop Grumman's Cyngus spacecraft receives late-load cargo less than 24 hours prior to the launch of the NG-12 mission.  Photo credit: Jared Haworth / We Report Space

What's on board NG-12?

A day prior to the scheduled launch of Northrop Grumman's Antares 230+ rocket and Cygnus spacecraft, NASA presents a briefing on the various payloads traveling to the International Space Station.

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