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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 System Center.


Our NROL-101 mission is scheduled to launch on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on Nov.13, 2020. The Atlas V will launch from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.


The NROL-44 mission will launch from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, and carry a national security payload designed, built, and operated by the agency. NROL-44 supports NRO's overall mission to provide intelligence data to the United Sates' senior policy makers, the Intelligence Community, and Department of Defense.


The NROL-108 mission will launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. NROL-108 is NRO's sixth launch of 2020.


The NROL-82 mission launch is scheduled for NET April 26, targeting liftoff at 1:46p.m. PDT on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy from Vandenberg Air Force Base.



Fact Sheets

NRO Brochure

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.

Greenlighting Program

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.

Impact Program

This program is a research and development effort using CubeSats to provide early evaluation of new technologies in space.

Cube Satellites

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.