The Virginia Spaceport Authority, the United States Space Force (USSF), and Northrop Grumman celebrated the successful launch of a Minotaur I rocket carrying a national security payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) on June 15th, 2021. The mission, named NROL-111, launched at 9:35 a.m. EDT from Virginia Spaceport Authority’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) Pad 0B located at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Virginia Spaceport Authority's Payload Processing Facility (PPF) was used for space vehicle processing and payload integration.

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