November 22nd, 2010
09:28 AM ET

U.S. military says they've launched largest spy satellite

The Delta IV Heavy rocket is said to contain the largest ever spy satellite.

The U.S. military launched what is billed as its largest-ever spy satellite on Sunday.

A Delta IV Heavy rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 5:58 p.m. on Sunday, carrying what an Air Force press release called a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

While the Air Force did not give further detail on the mission, Bruce Carlson, director of the NRO, said in a September 13 speech that his agency would be putting “the largest satellite in the world” aboard a Delta rocket for a launch from Cape Canaveral this fall.

The NRO “designs, builds and operates the nation's reconnaissance satellites” and services the satellite intelligence needs of the Central Intelligence Agency and the Defense Department, according to the agency’s website.

"This mission helps to ensure that vital NRO resources will continue to bolster our national defense," said Brig. Gen. Ed Wilson, commander of the 45th Space Wing, which was in charge of the launch.

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  1. Anunaki

    Maybe it's a hardened communication satellite meant to withstand the passing of Planet X in 2012.

    November 22, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. whybs

    Let's see if we could spot Osama bin in his cave! :)

    November 23, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jake

    its new world order. What really goes on at the bilderberger meetings? Our government is corrupt and being controlled.

    November 23, 2010 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jake

    http://www.theinsider.org/news/article.asp?id=0369 Educate youselves. Read this. And pray to the one and only God.

    November 23, 2010 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Nut-jobpolice

      Thanks! I needed a good laugh. The site you quoted is a really funny parody of sites run by frightened, paranoid people with little to no education outside of religious indoctrination. Very funny. They even quote the bible for information about current events! I love sarcasm – or is it???

      November 23, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. lowell thomas

    Can a person see a close up of the moon? With this new camera.

    November 23, 2010 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. WinchLock

    Neato, so they plan to use a Low Orbit Ion Cannon on bin Laden?!?!? Neato

    November 23, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. kndw

    Wow,bigger than my momma.This one for keep an eye on China not Al Qaeda.

    November 23, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. NewYorkJack

    If China or any other country launched a spy sat, this country gets angry. However when we do it, we're happy about it and expect all other countries to not protest about it. No wonder the US is hated by almost everyone in the world and we continue do things to bolster ourselves to be the next 3rd world country

    November 23, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. KiltinSA

    I know what it is...it's a full body scanner for the Earth.

    November 23, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. SDK

    They still haven't found Waldo yet.

    November 23, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. JoeDon

    lowell thomas wrote: Can a person see a close up of the moon? With this new camera.

    Yes, lowell, and YOU can too with a $100 telescope from WalMart. Jeez!!

    November 23, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. tom

    word has it it contains a rare-earths sensor that can penetrate at least a mile deep, that will be able to tell us the sum total of all rare-earths, including gold, from large scale deposits, down to the filling in your tooth or the wiring in your computer. Jointly funded by the DOD, jewish billionaires, and the US and British treasuries to find the lost ark (made of gold).

    November 23, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Anonymous

    Well now...this was a totally pointless article.

    November 23, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
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