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45th Space Wing launches NRO Satellite on board Atlas V

The 45th Space Wing successfully launched a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at 1:45 p.m. April 10 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., carrying a classified national security payload. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Erin Dorrance)

The 45th Space Wing successfully launched a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at 1:45 p.m. April 10 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., carrying a classified national security payload. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Erin Dorrance)

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- The 45th Space Wing successfully launched a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 here at 1:45 p.m. April 10 carrying a classified national security payload.

The payload was designed and built by the National Reconnaissance Office.

It will be the second Atlas V from the Cape this year and ULA's 81st launch overall.

The 45th Space Wing commander was pleased with the performance of the team for this launch.

"I am proud of the persistence and focus of the launch team, the wing, NRO, ULA and other mission partners, to make this launch happen," said Brig. Gen. Nina Armango, 45th Space Wing commander, who also served as the Launch Decision Authority for the launch.

"Our entire team worked together flawlessly once again to ensure mission success," she said.