by 45th Space Wing
7/29/2014 - CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- The
45th Space Wing supported a successful United Launch Alliance Delta IV
vehicle carrying the AFSPC 4 mission for the United States Air Force at
7:28 p.m. July 28. The payloads include two satellites for the
Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP).
The rocket, which flew in the Medium+ (4,2) configuration with two solid
rocket boosters, roared to life from Launch Complex 37 here.
The 45th Space Wing's team of military personnel, government civilians,
and contractors provided launch support to the ULA mission, including
weather forecasts, launch and range operations, security, safety, and
GSSAP satellites will be a space-based capability operating in the
near-geosynchronous orbit regime supporting U.S. Strategic Command space
surveillance operations as a dedicated Space Surveillance Network (SSN)
"What a thrill for 'Team Patrick-Cape' to play a significant role in the
launch of this vitally important mission, and we are so very proud to
do so," said Brig. Gen. Nina Armagno, 45th Space Wing commander, who
also served as the Launch Decision Authority for the mission.
"The 45th Space Wing also thanks members of the 50th Space Wing, United
Launch Alliance, the Space and Missile Systems Center, Boeing and all
our other mission partners who made this launch successful," she said.
GSSAP satellites will support Joint Functional Component Command for
Space (JFCC SPACE) tasking to collect space situational awareness data
allowing for more accurate tracking and characterization of man-made
orbiting objects. It will have a clear, unobstructed and distinct
vantage point for viewing resident space objects orbiting earth in a
without the disruption of weather or atmosphere that can limit ground-based systems.
Data from GSSAP will uniquely contribute to timely and accurate orbital
predictions, enhancing our knowledge of the geosynchronous orbit
environment, and further enabling space flight safety to include
satellite collision avoidance.
GSSAP satellites will communicate information through the world-wide Air
Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) ground stations, then to
Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, where satellite operators of the1st
Space Operations Squadron (1 SOPS), 50th Space Wing, will oversee
day-to-day command and control operations.