A secret National Reconnaissance Office/Boeing data relay satellite is undergoing checkout in space for use in routing critical U.S. intelligence data, following its launch on Oct. 10 from Cape Canaveral on board a Lockheed Martin Atlas IIAS booster. As preparations for the flight were underway, the U.S. Air Force queried both Lockheed Martin and Boeing on what levels of emergency launch surge capability they could maintain if it was necessary to launch larger numbers of military ...


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