NROL-111 is scheduled to launch at 0700 EDT on June 15, 2021 on a Northrop Grumman Minotaur I rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad 0B on Wallops Island, Virginia. NROL-111 will carry three national security payloads designed, built, and operated by the NRO.
The NROL-82 mission launched successfully on April 26, 2021 at 1:46p.m. PDT on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
The NROL-108 mission launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Launch Complex 39A on December 19, 2020 at 9:00a.m. EST from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. NROL-108 was NRO's sixth launch of 2020.
Launching on December 10, 2020 at 8:09 p.m. EST from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, NROL-44 carried a national security payload designed, built, and operated by the agency. The NROL-44 mission supports NRO's overall mission to provide intelligence data to the United States' senior policy makers, the Intelligence Community, and Department of Defense.
On Nov.13, 2020 at 5:32 p.m. EST our NROL-101 mission launched on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The Atlas V launched from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
The first dedicated launch out of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, in partnership with NASA Wallops, Northrop Grumman, Virginia Space and the U.S. Space Force Space and Missile Systems Center occurred on July 15, 2020 at 9:46 a.m. EDT.
NRO at a glance
A brief overview of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).
The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is a unique agency charged with developing, acquiring, launching, and operating our Nation's spy satellites. The NRO's greatest responsibility is to protect U.S. nation security interests by delivering space-based global situational awareness for national decision-makers--including the U.S. president, Congress, director of national intelligence, secretary of defense, and the warfighter..
NRO 2020 Year in Review
A review of NRO's accomplishments in 2020. It was a year in which NRO saw opportunity in the face of adversity and overcame challenges to meet the mission.
This program represents the NRO's commitment to partnering with commercial industry to ensure the agency gains the latest technological innovations the commercial industry has to offer.
This program is a research and development effort using CubeSats to provide early evaluation of new technologies in space.
The agency is committed to innovative, mission-driven acquisitions that ensure its space systems—from large to small— continue delivering invaluable intelligence for the nation. CubeSats, a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites, are uniquely qualified to support this goal by providing more frequent on-orbit opportunities to demonstrate, apply, and mature technologies—rapidly and at relatively low cost and low risk—that help our nation’s leaders stay ahead of emerging threats.