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ATLAS LAUNCH SUCCESSFUL

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A National Reconnaissance Office payload on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launches from Space Launch Complex-3, Sept. 23, 2017, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ian Dudley/Released)

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A National Reconnaissance Office payload on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launches from Space Launch Complex-3, Sept. 23, 2017, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Senior Airman Ian Dudley, 30th Space Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, captured a photo of himself with the help of a remote trigger while taking another photograph. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ian Dudley/Released)

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A National Reconnaissance Office payload on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launches from Space Launch Complex-3, Sept. 23, 2017, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Robert J. Volio/Released)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

Team Vandenberg successfully launched a National Reconnaissance Office payload on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V from Space Launch Complex-3 here Saturday, Sep. 23, at 10:49 p.m. PDT.

 

Col. Greg Wood, 30th Space Wing vice commander, was the Space Launch Commander.

 

"Team members of the 30th Space Wing, our partners at the National Reconnaissance Office, and United Launch Alliance worked together to ensure the success of this critical mission," said Wood. "This unified effort is what delivers the essential reconnaissance capability to the nation."

 

The 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base manages the safety and launch operations from the Western Range.

 

"We've worked diligently over the course of many months to conduct mission assurance for launch site operations and reduce technical risk," said Lt. Col. Kenneth Decker, 4th Space Launch Squadron commander. "We are very proud to be part of the team that contributed to the success of this mission."