The SpaceX craft Falcon 9 recently carried a spy satellite for what U.S. government agency into space?
National Reconnaissance Office
On May 1, the rocket launched from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying a classified satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office, a little-known division within the U.S. Department of Defense. The NRO operates and maintains all American spy satellites in service.
The launch represented one of SpaceX’s first forays into the intelligence realm, an arena its founder Elon Musk has been eyeing for some time. The U.S. military has traditionally tapped the Boeing Company-Lockheed Martin conglomerate United Launch Alliance for satellite launches. However, SpaceX has disrupted this arrangement and is contracted to launch two more satellites for the Air Force in 2018 and 2019. Source: Reuters.