CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Atlas V rocket, which stands at 19-stories tall, launched Tuesday evening from Kennedy Space Center with a secret U.S. government satellite.
The classified payload called, "CLIO," is a mission that is not attributed to any government agency and spacecraft builder Lockheed Martin won't discuss it.
CLIO is merely described only as a "commercially-based communications satellite."
The rocket launched at 8:10 p.m. on Tuesday evening from Cape Canaveral, after the launch was delayed a few times earlier in the evening.
Experts are guessing the rocket is either a spy satellite that will monitor communications on Earth, or a satellite that will spy on other satellites in space.
The mission is SpaceX's fourth of twelve under a $1.6 billion NASA Commercial Resupply Services contract.