SpaceX launches US registered spy satellite, pushing rockets to record year

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – SpaceX they launched a U.S. covert spy satellite into space for the Office of National Observation (NRO) on Saturday (Dec. 19), marking the 26th rocket of the year.

The secret payload, known as NROL-108, lifted from Pad 39A here at NASA’s Canadian Space Station at 9 a.m. (1400 GMT), during a three-hour launch window.