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Sept. 28, 2022

NRO Announces Commercial Radio Frequency Study Contract Awards

CHANTILLY, Va. – The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) today announced the award of six study contracts for commercial radio frequency (RF) remote sensing. Companies receiving awards under NRO’s Strategic Commercial Enhancement’s (SCE) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) Framework include Aurora Insight, HawkEye 360, Kleos Space, PredaSAR, Spire

Sept. 25, 2022

Vandenberg’s final Delta IV Heavy launch with NROL-91 mission

CHANTILLY, Va. – The National Reconnaissance Office—in partnership with the United Launch Alliance and the U.S. Space Force’s Space Launch Delta 30 and Space Systems Command—marked the end of an era with the NROL-91 mission today at 3:25 p.m. Pacific Time / 6:25 p.m. Eastern Time. This was the fifth and final United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy

May 26, 2022

Maj. Sinn - People of the NRO

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month and NRO would like to highlight the work and effort Maj Yong Sinn puts in everyday being a member of the NRO’s Front Office.Q: What is your current position in the NRO?A: I am the executive officer to the principal deputy director of the NRO. I’ve been in this position for about 10 months

May 25, 2022

NRO announces largest award of commercial imagery contracts

CHANTILLY, Va. – The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) today announced the results of its largest-ever commercial imagery contract effort, awarding Electro-Optical Commercial Layer (EOCL) contracts to BlackSky, Maxar, and Planet. Valued at billions of dollars over the next decade, these contracts mark a historic expansion of the NRO’s

April 17, 2022

NRO successfully reuses SpaceX launch booster for first time with NROL-85 mission

CHANTILLY, Va. — The National Reconnaissance Office successfully launched the NROL-85 mission aboard a reflown SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-4E located at Vandenberg Space Force Base (VSFB) in California today at 6:13 a.m. Pacific Time.Click here to read the entire Press Release

April 7, 2022

Have you heard of the “Blue Cube?"

Throughout its almost 50-year existence, few in the nation knew about the “Blue Cube” located in Sunnyvale, California. The Air Force Satellite Control Facility (AFSCF) was once home to a light blue, cube-shaped building, which was the distinguishing feature of the compound. This building represented the origins of U.S. space operations.In 1958, as

Feb. 15, 2022

SSG guardians provide virtual presentations to students across the east coast

Space Systems Group’s (SSG) Space Force Lt. Col. Christopher Evey and Capt. Sam O’Hair are inspiring a younger generation to become interested in space; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); and possibly becoming future Guardians. Both Guardians are doing this as part of the “STEM to Space” initiative—an initiative that links Space

Jan. 26, 2022

Episode 11: Sitting Down with NROL-87 Mission Manager Emily Stanhouse

One of the coolest jobs at the NRO is being Mission Manager of a launch. In an exclusive interview with #NROL87 Mission Manager Maj. Emily Stanhouse, we take an inside look at the role, the mission, and the hard work it takes to successfully put a payload on orbit.Featured in this podcast: NROL-87 Mission Manager Maj. Emily Stanhouse and NRO Public

Dec. 6, 2021

NRO director: Innovation is the key to America’s advantage in space

The National Reconnaissance Office has spent six decades developing the best space-based intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance systems in the world. These systems are a critical source of information for policymakers, analysts and the military. They are used to understand the intentions of those who wish to do us harm, as well as to support

Dec. 2, 2021

NRO reaches an unprecedented financial management milestone

For the thirteenth year in a row, the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) achieved an unmodified opinion (clean audit) for fiscal year 2021 from independent auditors for its annual financial statements. Click here to read the entire Press Release