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NROL-76

SpaceX launches classified payload for US government

MIAMI, USA: SpaceX on Monday blasted off a secretive US government payload, known only as NROL-76, marking the first military launch for the California-based aerospace company headed by billionaire tycoon Elon Musk. The payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, which makes and operates spy satellites for the United States, soared into the sky atop a Falcon 9 rocket at 7:15 am (1115 GMT). The launch was initially planned for Sunday, but was postponed in the last seconds before liftoff due to a sensor issue with…