WATCH: United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket Lifts Off from Cape Canaveral Sunday Morning
By Space Coast Daily // September 10, 2023
Liftoff occurred at 8:47 a.m. ET
ABOVE VIDEO: A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 551 rocket is launching the SILENTBARKER/NROL-107 mission, a joint National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and U.S. Space Force (USSF) capability to improve space domain awareness.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 551 rocket launched Sunday morning for the SILENTBARKER/NROL-107 mission, a joint National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and U.S. Space Force (USSF) capability to improve space domain awareness.
Liftoff occurred at 8:47 a.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
A joint NRO and Space Force Space Domain Awareness (SDA) mission, SILENTBARKER/NROL107 meets the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community (IC) space protection needs by providing the capability to search, detect and track objects from a space-based sensor for timely custody and event detection.
Surveillance from space augments and overcomes existing ground sensor limitations with timely 24-hour above-the-weather collection of satellite metric data only possible with a space-based sensor and then communicates its findings to satellite operators, analysts, and other mission users.
The NRO and the USSF have a shared interest to strengthen the nation’s SDA and Indication & Warning (I&W) capabilities to enable timely decision making and unity of effort to defend the DoD and IC critical capabilities against current and projected threats.
SILENTBARKER/NROL107 will strengthen the NRO’s ability to provide a wide range of timely intelligence information to national decision makers, warfighters and intelligence analysts to protect the nation’s vital interests and support humanitarian efforts worldwide.