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.