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  • October 8, 2015 - NROL-55 Lifts Off from Vandenberg, Air Force Base, Calif.

  • October 7, 2015 - Newly declassified NRO SIGINT AFTRACK Experiment

  • September 29, 2015 - Read more about NRO CubeSats here and the Government Rideshare Advanced Concepts Experiment (GRACE) CubeSats onboard NROL-55 here.

  • September 17, 2015 - Blast From the Past: The Last Bucket Catch
    Ms. Betty Sapp, Director of the National Reconnaissance Office, addressed the Falling Star Reunion on Sept. 17, 2015, in celebration of the 55th anniversary of the first successful satellite film capsule recovery. The reunion brings together former Star Catchers from the 6594th Test Group and 6593rd Test Squadron who for 27 years retrieved film capsules in support of the Corona and follow-on satellite programs.

  • August 14, 2015 - Newly declassified Manned Orbiting Lab (MOL) Records and special event, The DORIAN Files Revealed, October 22, 2015
  • August 6, 2015 - The NRO’s Intelligence Integrated System Program Office Issues New Broad Agency Announcement
    The NRO’s Intelligence Integrated System Program Office released the Prospector Program Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) on August 6, 2015. The NRO uses BAAs to solicit improvements to existing NRO capabilities, to adapt existing techniques and technologies to the NRO mission, and to develop entirely new processes, services, or tools to meet NRO needs.

    NRO’s vision, Supra et Ultra, challenges us to discover groundbreaking capabilities by adapting cutting-edge science and technology for National Security. The unclassified Prospector program seeks innovative solutions and new agile partners to solve hard intelligence problems.

    The three topics released for Fiscal Year 2015 are visualization of data, discovery of unknowns, and estimating credibility. The period of performance is for six months for a total award of $350,000. NRO seeks proposals from U.S. domestic educational institutions, non-profit and not-for-profit organizations, and private industry.

    To learn more about these three topics and the Prospector BAA program, click here: and/or the Federal Business Opportunities website:

  • May 18, 2015 - NRO’s ULTRASat Providing CubeSat Rideshares on U.S. Air Force AFSPC-5 Mission
  • April 23, 2015 - NRO enhances Declassified Records webpages
    The National Reconnaissance Office has expanded the number of released records categories, making it easier for users to find the records they’re seeking and demonstrating NRO’s commitment to fulfilling the president’s call for greater transparency and openness.

    Under Declassified Records users will now find:

  • March 31, 2015 - The NRO’s Director’s Innovation Initiative Issues New Broad Agency Announcement
    The National Reconnaissance Office is interested in receiving research and development proposals for the Director’s Innovation Initiative (DII) Program focusing on the following areas: 1) High Bandwidth Quantum Secured Communications and 2) Aperture Synthesis. The Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) declares the NRO’s intent to competitively fund research and development for innovative technologies that meet the areas of interest set forth in the BAA. The BAA can be found on the DII Home Page, accessible through the NRO’s Acquisition Resource Center website located at

    Proposals are sought from U.S. domestic educational institutions, non-profit and not-for-profit organizations and private industry. Proposals may be considered from U.S. based organizations and industry that are foreign owned or controlled as long as 1) access to proscribed information is not necessary to perform the resultant contract, and 2) foreign ownership or control does not present an unacceptable security threat. Awards shall take the form of contracts only.

  • April 22, 2015 - NRO AFCEA Industry Day
  • February 19, 2015 - NRO Selects the 2014 Class of Pioneers
  • January 27, 2015 - Call for Nominations for Pioneers of National Reconnaissance
  • December 17, 2014 - The NRO Receives Clean Financial Audit for Sixth Consecutive Year
  • December 12, 2014 - NROL-35 Lifts Off on December 12, 2014
  • November 30, 2014 - Terry Duncan, Director of NRO’s Communications Systems Directorate, Awarded Highest Civilian Service Award from Department of Defense
  • September 30, 2014 - Roll-out of the NRO’s ARC 2.0 – Improving Acquisition Outreach Among Business, Industry, and the Intelligence Community
  • August 28, 2014 - NRO Joins Facebook


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