NRO space missions mark new level of US-Australia cooperation
Two upcoming Rocket Lab launches for the National Reconnaissance Office will send to orbit classified spy satellites
that the U.S. intelligence agency developed jointly with the Australian government.
The payloads on NROL-162 and NROL-199 are “designed, built, and operated
the National Reconnaissance Office in partnership with the Australian Department of Defence as part
NROL-162 is scheduled to launch on an Electron rocket as early as July 13 from Rocket Lab Launch
Rocket Lab is aiming to launch both satellites within 10 days of each other. NROL-199 is scheduled to launch
Australia’s defense minister Peter Dutton in a speech in March announced the establishment