NRO has a busy launch year planned for 2022, with more than a half-dozen launches scheduled and nearly a dozen payloads planned for orbit. The year kicked off with the successful launch of NROL-87 from Vandenberg Space Force Base on February 2, 2022. NROL-85 launched April 17, 2022 from Vandenberg Space Force Base and reused the same SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket booster from NROL-87.
For sixty years, the NRO has developed, acquired, launched and operated the satellites that are the foundation for America’s advantage and strength in space. Using a diversified and resilient architecture of spacecraft, NRO collects and delivers the best space-based intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance content on the planet. NRO data supports the National Security Agency, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and other NRO mission partners to produce intelligence products for the President, Congress, national policymakers, warfighters, and civil users. The NRO’s hybrid overhead architecture designed to provide global coverage against a wide range of intelligence requirements, carry out research and development efforts, and assist emergency and disaster-relief efforts in the U.S. and around the world.
Information about the next NRO launch coming soon.