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USA 269



The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is responsible for the fleet of satellites used by US intelligence agencies for surveillance, as well as in supporting roles such as research and development or communications.With the exception of a few demonstration missions, details of the NRO’s spacecraft and operations are kept classified, with spacecraft only being identified publicly by means of their launch number and a public designation assigned after launch consisting of the letters USA, followed by a number.

Alternate Names

  • 41724
  • NRO Launch 61
  • NROL-61
  • USA269

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2016-07-28
Launch Vehicle: Atlas V
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States

Funding Agency

  • National Reconnaissance Office (United States)


  • Communications
  • Other

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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