A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket carrying 24 satellites as part of the Department of Defense’s Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) mission launches from Launch Complex 39A, Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Credit: NASA)
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — With the August 22 launch of Lockheed Martin’s GPS III SV02 satellite aboard the final Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) launch vehicle, the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Launch Enterprise marked the successful completion of a rigorous Summer launch schedule.
Launching four critical missions in under 60 days from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, SMC/LE’s “Summer of Launch ’19” campaign showcased several innovative firsts and concluded with the end of an era.
The campaign began June 25 with the Rocket Systems Launch Program’s late night launch of the Space Test Program (STP)-2 mission on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy from NASA’s historic Launch Complex 39A. The second successful SpaceX mission under the Orbital Suborbital Program (OSP)-3 contract marked the first Air Force mission to fly with previously flown boosters. Not only did this afford valuable insight into the launch vehicle reuse process, it was also a validation flight for Falcon Heavy under ...