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Atlas Rocket Blasts off With US Spy Satellite

An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from California on Thursday to put a classified spy satellite and 13 tiny experimental spacecraft into orbit for the U.S. government. The rocket, built and flown by United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed-Martin and Boeing, lifted off from a seaside launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base at 8:49 a.m. EST, a live ULA webcast showed. The rocket’s primary cargo, owned by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), was not disclosed. But the...

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