by 45th Space Wing
12/6/2015 - CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- The
45th Space Wing supported NASA's successful launch of Orbital ATK
CRS-4, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket to the
International Space Station from Space Launch Complex 41 Dec. 6, 2015,
at 4:44 p.m. EST.
This will be the first flight of an enhanced Cygnus spacecraft to the
International Space Station. Orbital ATK's fourth contracted cargo
resupply mission with NASA to the International Space Station will
deliver more than 7,000 pounds of science and research, crew supplies
and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew.
"I am proud of the integrated team who made our 16th launch of the year
successful," said Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing commander,
who also served as the Launch Decision Authority. "Additionally, the
launch of this mission clearly demonstrates the successful collaboration
our wing has with our partners at NASA Kennedy Space Center, the Space
and Missile Systems Center and industry. Together we've shared a
remarkable history of space exploration lasting more than half a
century. In fact, since July 1950 this United Launch Alliance/Orbital
ATK mission represents launch number 3,522 for this team! Our launch
success today proves how decades of professional collaboration between
the 45th SW, NASA, SMC, ULA and all of our other mission partners
continues to shape the future of America's space operations. We are the
World's Premier Gateway to Space."
According to NASA, the Cygnus spacecraft will carry hardware and
supplies to support dozens of the approximately 250 science and research
investigations that will occur during Expeditions 45 and 46.
Before any spacecraft can launch from CCAFS, a combined team of
military, government civilians and contractors from across the 45th SW
provide the mission assurance to ensure a safe and successful lift-off
for their range customers.
Eastern Range instrumentation provides radar tracking, telemetry,
communications, command/control sites, camera and optical sites, and
other support capabilities such as meteorology. Instrumentation is
necessary to safely and successfully conduct civil, commercial, and
national security spacelift operations and ballistic missile tests and
evaluation. Eastern Range assets are based on dependable designs and
technology and are arrayed in a highly efficient architecture designed
to ensure safety of the launch environment and the public at large.