US military launch secret spy satellite
Published 21/09/2010 | 14:47
The US military have launched a secret satellite into space from an airbase in California.
The Atlas 5 rocket is carrying a "national security payload" for the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), which oversees the nation's constellation of spy satellites.
No details about the satellite's orbit or capabilities have been released.
The 193-foot rocket lit up the sky after a successful take off from the Vandenberg Air Force Base yesterday.
In a post-launch statement, Air Force Col Richard Boltz, 30th Space Wing commander said: "This Atlas launch is the culmination of a tremendous amount of hard work on the part of all the men and women of the 30th Space Wing and our mission partners.
"We're all extremely proud of everyone's efforts."
The launch is the 604th Atlas mission in US history and the second of three launches scheduled for September.