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AFSPC-6: Delta IV Medium Launches a Pair of Neighborhood Watch Satellites

19 Aug 2016, 16:03 UTC
AFSPC-6: Delta IV Medium Launches a Pair of Neighborhood Watch Satellites
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August 19, 2016 CAPE CANAVERAL: The night launch of AFSPC-6 atop a Delta IV Medium at 12:52 AM provided a visual treat for Space Coast residents willing to brave a humid and mosquito-filled night launch. The payload were a pair of Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites to be used by Air Force Space Command to keep watch over US Satellites and to serve as a deterrent to international attacks against those satellites.

This is the second launch of GSSAP spacecraft by the Air Force Space Command. The rocket flew on a Delta-IV Medium+ (4,2) configuration with two solid rocket boosters (SRB) attached to the side of the main core. The SRBs burned for 93.8 seconds and provided an additional 517,085 pounds of thrust at liftoff. The main core then continued to burn until T+3:57. The second stage ignited at T+4:19 and the story ends there. Due to the secret nature of the launch, the Air Force provided no details after second stage ignition.
Mission Art
The mission patches and logos alluded to the secrecy. The logo on the payload faring included the Latin phrase Videmus Omni – We See All. The patch from the 45th Space Wing shows ...

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