Pentagon successfully launches spy payload

June 16, 2007 03:53

A rocket carrying an intelligence-gathering payload for the US Department of Defense launched successfully, a day after technical problems caused a delay. The Thursday attempt of the Atlas V rocket was delayed because of problems with the safety mechanism that destroys the rocket in case of malfunction. The rocket is hauling a payload from the National Reconnaissance Office, a division of the Department of Defense that builds and operates spy satellites.

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