NROL-91 launching Sept 2022 from Vandenberg Space Force Base.


NROL-199 launched Aug 4, 2022 from Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand.


NROL-162 launched July 13, 2022 from Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand.


NROL-85 launched April 17, 2022 from Vandenberg Space Force Base.


NROL-87 launched Feb. 2, 2022 on a SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base.


NROL-111 launched at 9:35 a.m. EDT June 15, 2021 on a Northrop Grumman Minotaur I rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad 0B on Wallops Island, Virginia. 


The NROL-82 mission launched successfully April 26, 2021 at 1:46 p.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 Dec. 19, 2020 at 9 a.m. EST from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. NROL-108 was NRO's sixth launch of 2020.


NROL-44 launched Dec. 10, 2020 at 8:09 p.m. EST from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida.


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 July 15, 2020 at 9:46 a.m. EDT.


Fact Sheets

Small Satellites of the NRO

An overview of NRO’s use of small satellites. Factsheet provides historical data, information on present-day programs, and describes future activities and initiatives.

NRO at a Glance

A brief overview of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

NRO Brochure (PDF 12MB)

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.


National Reconnaissance Office - Above and Beyond