This image provided by the United Space Alliance shows the launch of a weather satellite, the Atlas V rocket carrying the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program-19 spacecraft Thursday April 3, 2014, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The U.S. military weather satellite is headed for for a polar orbit. (AP Photo/ United Space Alliance, Bill Hartenstein)
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The @ulalaunch Atlas 5 rocket soared into mostly sunny skies over Cape Canaveral today on the #NROL67 mission. http://t.co/XRz9MnbJdr
Atlas V rocket launches from Cape Canaveral carrying spy satellite: http://t.co/OnKSE5vwDh
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And... Liftoff of the ULA's Atlas V from Cape Canaveral http://t.co/EWcnPZdGKY
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The Air Force has launched a new spy satellite.
An unmanned blasted off Thursday from Cape Canaveral with a satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office. No details about the classified satellite were divulged. It's intended for national security.
The Atlas rocket should have flown two weeks ago. But crucial radar-tracking equipment was damaged a day before the planned March 25 liftoff. An electrical short overheated the unit. Because repairs continue, the Air Force used backup radar to monitor Thursday afternoon's launch.
The radar accident also delayed a private SpaceX launch, now targeted for Monday.
SpaceX has a fresh load of supplies for the International Space Station. NASA is using private companies to keep the orbiting lab stocked.