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Thursday, October 18, 2012

30th Anniversary Milestone: Last scheduled DMSP satellite was launched by an Atlas V from Vandenberg AFB, Calif.

10/18/2012 - Peterson AFB, Colo. -- Air Force Space Command is celebrating its 30th Anniversary! Here is a significant milestone from the command's history ...

An Atlas-V booster launched the last scheduled Defense Meteorological Satellite Program satellite from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on October 18.

Atlas V was part of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle family. The program, which began in the 1990s with the goal of making government space launches more affordable and reliable, resulted in the development of two launch systems, Delta IV and Atlas V.

Once operational, the DMSP payload was managed by Airmen from the 6th Space Operations Squadron, an all Air Force Reserve unit stationed out of Schriever AFB, Colo.

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