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.