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ATLAS V LAUNCH SUCCESSFUL

Release Number: 021015

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload launches here Oct. 8, 2015. The rocket launched at 5:49 a.m. PDT from Space Launch Complex-3 by Team Vandenberg. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload launches here Oct. 8, 2015. The rocket launched at 5:49 a.m. PDT from Space Launch Complex-3 by Team Vandenberg. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload launches here Oct. 8, 2015. The rocket launched at 5:49 a.m. PDT from Space Launch Complex-3 by Team Vandenberg. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload launches here Oct. 8, 2015. The rocket launched at 5:49 a.m. PDT from Space Launch Complex-3 by Team Vandenberg. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

Team Vandenberg launches a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload Oct. 8, 2015, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The rocket launched at 5:49 a.m. PDT from Space Launch Complex-3. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Araos/Released)

Team Vandenberg launches a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload Oct. 8, 2015, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The rocket launched at 5:49 a.m. PDT from Space Launch Complex-3. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Araos/Released)

Team Vandenberg launches a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload Oct. 8, 2015, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The rocket launched at 5:49 a.m. PDT from Space Launch Complex-3. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Araos/Released)

Team Vandenberg launches a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload Oct. 8, 2015, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The rocket launched at 5:49 a.m. PDT from Space Launch Complex-3. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Araos/Released)

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload launches here Oct. 8, 2015. The rocket launched at 5:49 a.m. PDT from Space Launch Complex-3 by Team Vandenberg. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyla Gifford/Released)

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload launches here Oct. 8, 2015. The rocket launched at 5:49 a.m. PDT from Space Launch Complex-3 by Team Vandenberg. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyla Gifford/Released)

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload launches here Oct. 8, 2015. The rocket launched at 5:49 a.m. PDT from Space Launch Complex-3 by Team Vandenberg. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyla Gifford/Released)

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload launches here Oct. 8, 2015. The rocket launched at 5:49 a.m. PDT from Space Launch Complex-3 by Team Vandenberg. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyla Gifford/Released)

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload launches here Oct. 8, 2015. The rocket launched at 5:49 a.m. PDT from Space Launch Complex-3 by Team Vandenberg. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyla Gifford/Released)

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload launches here Oct. 8, 2015. The rocket launched at 5:49 a.m. PDT from Space Launch Complex-3 by Team Vandenberg. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyla Gifford/Released)


Team Vandenberg successfully launched the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload from Space Launch Complex-3 here Thursday, Oct. 8, at 5:49 a.m. PDT.

Col. J. Christopher Moss, 30th Space Wing commander, was the launch decision
authority.

"This launch was a great achievement for Team Vandenberg, ULA, NRO and our launch partners," said Moss. "Their outstanding professionalism and team work ensured a fantastic launch and I am proud to work with this team of experts in support of national defense."