Did you see it? US Space Force launches ‘national security payloads’ from NASA facility in Virginia, trail visible across East Coast


WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (WGHP) — It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a Minotaur?

On Tuesday, Northrop Grumman’s Minotaur 1 rocket launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island in Virginia.

This mission, dubbed NROL-111, marks the US Space Force’s third small launch mission. The U.S. Space Force Space and Missile Systems Center’s Launch Enterprise provided the launch services from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad 0B at Wallops Island.

It was carrying “three national security payloads for the National Reconnaissance Office,” according to NASA.

Across the mid-Atlantic region and East Coast, people lucky enough to have clear skies had a chance to see the action overhead as the rocket successfully launched at 9:35 a.m.

NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility is NASA’s only owned and operated launch range.

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