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ULA Successfully Launches Delta IV With AFSPC-6

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Aug 19, 2016 8:09 am via: US Air Force
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CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. –  The U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing supported United Launch Alliance’s successful launch of the third and fourth Orbital ATK-built Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program satellites aboard a Delta IV rocket from Space Launch Complex 37B hereat 12:52  a.m. ET.

The AFSPC-6 mission will deliver two GSSAP satellites into orbit to further the space situational awareness mission.  Operated by Air Force Space Command, the GSSAP System provides precise data seven days a week, 24-hours a day.  The satellites join a GSSAP constellation currently supporting U.S. Strategic Command space surveillance operations as a dedicated Space Surveillance Network sensor.

The GSSAP also supports the Joint Functional Component Commander for Space by collecting space situational awareness data, allowing for more accurate tracking and characterization of man-made orbiting objects.

According to Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing commander and mission Launch Decision Authority, this launch is the culmination of many long hours and hard work by the entire mission team.

“Congratulations to the AFSPC-6 integrated team and all our mission partners on a successful launch that will enhance our capabilities in space situational awareness and our space-based space situational awareness architecture.” he said.  “Today’s mission is just another example of our unwavering focus on mission success and guaranteeing assured access to space for our nation while showcasing why the 45th Space Wing is the ‘World’s Premiere Gateway to Space.’”

Common GTO masses ~2000 to ~6000 kg to GTO. Where is the logic for most powerful ELV in inventory and most costly (ever?) for sending 2x ~700 kg (1400 kg) sats to geo. Enlighten me please.
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