Monday, January 19, 2009

RS-68s part of spy satellite launch

A classified spy satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Saturday onboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV powered by three Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RS-68 engines and one upper-stage RL10B-2 engine. The National Reconnaissance Office is responsible for operating overhead reconnaissance missions for the Department of Defense and the intelligence community. (Source: PRNewswire, 01/18/09) Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has an RS-68 operation at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.