The World's Fastest Rocket Just Launched a Secret Spy Satellite

All images: ULA launch
All images: ULA launch

A secret satellite was launched into space today. We don’t know just what it’s doing in space. But! We can see in these pictures exactly how it got there: aboard an incredibly fast rocket.

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The Atlas V isn’t quite as big as ULA’s other big launch rocket, the Delta IV, which is the largest in the world. It is, however, very fast. In 2006, an earlier incarnation of the same model rocket broke the world record for launch speeds at 47,000 miles per hour during the New Horizons launch.

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Details on the rocket’s payload from the US National Reconnaissance Office are, naturally, shadowy. There is, however, a hint about the package in the mission’s (perplexing) logo, which appears to show either a very large monitor lizard or a very small dragon hitching a ride.

Image: US National Reconnissance Office
Image: US National Reconnissance Office

Whatever it was, this set of photos appears to show a successful launch, taking its tiny amphibian chimera into space.

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DISCUSSION

lostengineer
lostEngineer

Why do you need a rocket that easily achieves escape velocity for a spy satellite? Everything you need, you can find in LEO, or hohmann your way into GEO. Either they have a lot of stuff on there, or they’re going way out ...

to spy on ??

aliens?

ALIENS!