US Spy Satellite Launches into Space from California's Vandenberg AFB

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Delta IV Heavy booster Vandenberg AFB
A Delta IV Heavy booster from a United Launch Alliance barge proceeds to the Horizontal Integration Facility May 4, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. (Courtesy photo)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A U.S. spy satellite was launched into space from California on Monday.

The NROL-82 satellite lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket at 1:47 p.m. Pacific time.

The launch was webcast until the second stage ignited and the protective cover over the satellite was jettisoned.

As is customary, the webcast then ceased at the request of the National Reconnaissance Office.

The NRO is the government agency in charge of developing, building, launching and maintaining U.S. intelligence satellites.

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