US Air Force launches NROL-32, the ‘largest satellite in the world’ (Video)

By on Nov 22, 2010 in Science, United States, World Comments

The US Air Force launched a National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) satellite named NROL-32 on Sunday, and was dubbed as the ‘largest satellite in the world’.

As posted on numerous US news websites, NROL-32 was successfully launched at about 5:58 p.m. EST boarding a Delta IV rocket, in which a video can be seen below.

Apparently, no further detailed were not revealed since it was said to a ‘spy satellite’ and its mission is classified.

However, earlier reports were saying that the satellite faced a lot of technical delays before it was finally launched.

A few months ago, NRO Director Bruce Carlson apparently said the Delta IV will carry ‘the largest satellite in the world’.

“I believe the payload is the fifth in the series of what we call Mentor spacecraft, a.k.a. Advanced Orion,” Ted Molczan, a respected satellite tracker, was quoted as saying.

“They are among the largest satellites ever deployed”. He added.

After the launch, 45th Space Wing commander Air Force Brig. Gen. Ed Wilson said the launch that this mission will ‘help ensure that vital NRO resources will continue to bolster US national defense’.



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