- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 3, 2012

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, CALIF. (AP) - A rocket carrying a classified payload has launched from the California coast.

Liftoff occurred shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday from the Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Launch of the Delta IV rocket was delayed nearly a week as engineers worked to fix an issue with the upper stage engine.

The National Reconnaissance Office has kept mum about the purpose of the satellite. The agency oversees the nation’s constellation of spy satellites.

Intelligence analysts think it’s a radar imaging satellite capable of seeing at night and through bad weather.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide