11/1/2012 - Peterson AFB, Colo. -- Air Force Space Command is celebrating its 30th Anniversary! Here is a significant milestone from the command's history ...
On 1 November 2002, the first Delta IV was launched from Capt Canaveral
AFS, Fla., placing a commercial communications satellite into
geostationary transfer orbit. Boeing's Delta IV family of launch
vehicles is designed for optimum performance for a wide range of flight
profiles, and is capable of carrying payloads ranging from 9,327 lbs to
28,124 lbs to geosynchronous transfer orbit. The Delta IV Medium,
Medium-Plus and Heavy configurations combine highly reliable, flight
proven systems from Delta II and III, while incorporating the latest
technology into a family of vehicles maximizing the use of common
The Delta IV is part of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program,
known as EELV, which is designed to improve our nation's access to space
by making space launch vehicles more affordable and reliable. USAF has
developed a revised EELV acquisition strategy that meets national
security launch requirement, economic efficiencies, industrial base
stability and maintains critical national capability.