5 December 2013
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket is set to launch a National Reconnaissance Office satellite this evening from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Twelve microsatellites will also be launched which are expected to conduct a variety of unique scientific experiments and demonstrate high-technology operational concepts. These spacecraft make up the Government Experimental Multi-Satellite (GEMSat) payload, part of the NRO’s Mission Integration Directorate and NASA Launch Support Program. This evening’s launch, scheduled for a little after 11 p.m., will be the tenth rocket launch from Vandenberg and the first Atlas V this year. (Image Credit: ULA)
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