45th Space Wing Public Affairs
1/8/2014 - CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- The
U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing provided Eastern Range support to the
successful launch of the Thaicom 6 communications satellite from Space
Launch Complex 40 here at 5:06 p.m. Jan 6.
The 45th Space Wing team of military personnel, government civilians,
and contractors provided launch support to the Space Exploration
Technologies (SpaceX) mission, including weather forecasts, launch and
range operations, security, safety, and public affairs.
"I am immensely proud of the work of the wing and our mission partners,"
said Col. Robert Pavelko, vice commander, 45th Space Wing, who also
served as the Launch Decision Authority.
"This is a tremendous way to open 2014, and we look forward to an exciting launch manifest in the year ahead," he said.
The launch of the Thaicom 6 satellite is the second commercial launch by
SpaceX. The satellite will provide C-band and Ku-band communications
services across Southeast Asia and Africa. It will fly in a
geostationary orbit approximately 22,000 miles above the Earth's
The Falcon 9 launch vehicle flew in the v1.1 configuration with upgraded
Merlin 1D engines, stretched fuel tanks, and a payload fairing. The
Thaicom 6 mission was the second launch of the Falcon 9 v.1.1 from Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station. The mission was also SpaceX's second launch
of a payload to geostationary orbit.