Sent in SpaceX 2020and saw the . But another launch is still planned to close 2020.
The Falcon 9 missile will send a new spy satellite into space to the U.S. National Intelligence Agency on Friday morning from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The start was originally scheduled for Thursday morning, but was postponed a day later after some irregular pressure readings triggered the auto-cut.
The classified national security mission is called NROL-108 and will launch the NRO for the sixth time in 2020.
Like most other NRO departures, this one has a somewhat mysterious poster and slogan, in the form of a cartoon gorilla beating its chest, and the phrase “peace through force”.
“Gorillas are peaceful animals, but they can be fierce when needed,” the NRO explained on Twitter. “Like the gorilla, so are ours # NROL108 mission is constantly alert and ready to defend its own. ”
THElaunched on November 13 aboard the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket and featured a mysterious Lord of the Rings theme, including some lively scenarios.
“I think we just have a few Lord of the Rings fans,” the NRO spokesman later emailed.
The weather forecasts look favorable for Friday’s mission, which exploded in its three-hour startup window between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. PT (9 a.m. and 12 p.m.). Falcon 9’s first-grade reminder tries to land on the Cape Canaveral space station.
SpaceX will broadcast the launch live and you can watch it above.