SpaceX closes out 2020 with successful launch of NRO satellite

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — After two days of delays, SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center just after 9 a.m.

The launch for the National Reconnaissance Office was originally scheduled for Thursday but had to be scrubbed due to a technical issue.

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The launch was the sixth launch for the NRO this year.

The only information from the NRO about the satellite was in a tweet showing a cartoon gorilla beating its chest and the phrase “peace through strength.”


After successful separation, the Falcon 9′s first-stage booster returned to Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

This was the final SpaceX launch of 2020.