Watch: ULA launches Atlas V with 13 CubeSats on board

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VANDENBERG AFB, Calif. - United Launch Alliance launched its NROL-55 in support of national defense.

The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) auxiliary payload Government Rideshare Advanced Concepts Experiment (GRACE), will carry 13 CubeSats to space as part of NROL-55.

The launch went as planned at 7:49 a.m. CDT from Space Launch Complex 3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.