Rocket with classified payloads launches from Eastern Shore

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — A rocket carrying classified payloads for the U.S. government has launched from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The Daily Times of Salisbury, Maryland, reports that Wednesday morning's launch was the first-ever mission by the U.S. Space Force from Wallops.

The rocket was carrying payloads for the National Reconnaissance Office. The federal agency is in charge of designing and building America’s intelligence satellites.

The Minotaur IV rock is 78 feet tall and is built and operated by Northrop Grumman. It's made from commercial parts as well as those of a decommissioned Peacekeeper intercontinental ballistic missile.

The rocket launched from Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, which is on the NASA Wallops' site.