NROL-49, Betty “Better The Devil You Know”
Satellite Designation: USA-224
Launch Date: January 20, 2011
Launch Site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, Launch Complex 6
Rocket: United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy
Orbit: Classified (Suspected Low Earth)
Project: KH-11 Kennen, CRYSTAL, Evolved Enhanced CRYSTAL (EEC), 1010, Key Hole
Function: Optical imaging. Data is collected and sent through the Data Satellite System. Images processed at Area 58 (Aerospace Data Facility-East, ADF-E), formerly Defense Communications Electronics Evaluations and Testing Activity (DCEETA) and Fort Belvior.
Notes: This launch came completed $2,000,000,000.00 under budget, costing a total of $4,400,000,000.00.