Delta 4 rocket topped with its satellite payload

The classified satellite cargo for the National Reconnaissance Office, already encapsulated in the rocket's nose cone, is hoisted out of the payload preparation facility and mounted atop the United Launch Alliance Delta 4 vehicle at Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex 6 on March 13.

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