LOS ANGELES, March 1 (Xinhua) -- The United Launch Alliance (ULA) launched an Atlas V rocket Wednesday carrying the newest U.S. National Reconnaissance Office satellite.
The ULA Atlas V rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, video from the scene showed.
"Mission success! ULA's #AtlasV delivers #NROL79 for the National Reconnaissance Office!" ULA posted on tweeter.
The mission, named NROL-79, is in support of national defense, according to ULA. But the company did not disclose the satellite's specific details.
The Atlas booster for this mission was powered by the RD AMROSS RD-180 engine, and the Centaur upper stage was powered by the Aerojet Rocketdyne RL10C-1 engine.
This was ULA's second launch in 2017 and the 70th Atlas V launch since the rocket's inaugural mission in 2002.