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

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