11/6/2012 - Peterson AFB, Colo. -- Air Force Space Command is celebrating its 30th Anniversary! Here is a significant milestone from the command's history ...
Following the end of the MIDAS program, plans to deploy an operational
system led to the Integrated Missile Early Warning Satellite program, or
IMEWS. Unlike MIDAS, which was designed to use large numbers of
satellites in low Earth orbit, IMEWS consisted of a smaller number of
satellites in geosynchronous orbit.
On November 6, 1970, the U.S. Air Force launched a classified satellite
on a Titan IIIC rocket from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air
Force Station, Fla. This was the first of many DSP satellites to be
launched over the next 30 years.