The Minotaur IV C launch vehicle launched on Wednesday from the space center in Virginia with the NROL-129 mission for the National office of military space intelligence and the US Space forces.
Since the activities of the National office of military space intelligence are usually classified, details about the NROL-129 mission and its final destination are unknown.
“NROL-129 supports the overall mission of the National office of military space intelligence to provide intelligence to the US political leadership, the intelligence community, and the Department of defense,” the mission’s press release said.
The 24-meter Minotaur launch vehicle, manufactured by Northrop Grumman, consists of four stages. The rocket was introduced in April 2010 and has since completed seven successful missions.
The launch was made from the launch pad of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on Wallops Island. The NASA visitor center was closed for the duration of the launch.