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Aug. 26, 2011  

Patrick Air Force Beaches to Re-Open

  PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Officials at Patrick Air Force Base will re-open the beaches at both Patrick and Cape Canaveral Air Station at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26.

Conditions in the ocean remain extremely hazardous as a result of the remnant effects of Hurricane Irene but have subsided significantly in the last six hours.

Beach goers are still urged to use caution and remain vigilant for rip tides that may have strengthened or relocated as a result of the storm. As is normally the case, the beaches are not patrolled and no life guards are on duty.

Weaker swimmers and children are strongly encouraged to stay out of the water until conditions return to normal.

Due to rough surf along the coast caused by Hurricane Irene, the 45th Space Wing closed the beaches Wednesday afternoon. Wing officials continuously evaluated the conditions during the closure.

The 45th Space Wing is no longer in Hurricane Condition IV (HURCON IV) and the Commander issued an all clear to personnel.

Personnel were advised to monitor the news, the base's website (www.patrick.af.mil), and www.facebook.com/45spacewing for the latest information on hurricane conditions and actions being taken by base officials to prepare for the possible onset of a storm.  The Patrick website has a Hurricane Guide to help with preparation actions for people.

Personnel can also call the 45th Space Wing Public Affairs Info Line at 494-4636 for updates and other information relating to Patrick AFB and Cape Canaveral AFS.


Aug. 24, 2011  

Patrick Air Force Beaches Closed Effective Immediately

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Due to rough surf along the coast caused by Hurricane Irene, the 45th Space Wing is closing its beaches effective immediately.

Wing officials will continuously evaluate the conditions and open the beaches as soon as possible. Based on current forecasts, officials hope to reopen all the Patrick beaches on Saturday, Aug. 27.

The 45th Space Wing is still in Hurricane Condition IV (HURCON IV) and is currently taking actions to secure property in the event Hurricane Irene nears Space Coast facilities.

Personnel should monitor the news, the base's website (www.patrick.af.mil), www.facebook.com/45spacewing for the latest information on hurricane conditions and actions being taken by base officials to prepare for the possible onset of the storm. The Patrick website has a Hurricane Guide to help with preparation actions for people.

Personnel can also call the 45th Space Wing Public Affairs Info Line at 494-4636 for updates and other information relating to Patrick AFB and Cape Canaveral AFS.


Aug. 22, 2011  

PATRICK AFB, CAPE CANAVERAL AIR STATION IN HURRICANE CONDITION FOUR

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 45th Space Wing has entered Hurricane Condition IV (HURCON IV) and is currently taking actions to secure property in the event Hurricane Irene nears Space Coast facilities.

Base personnel/residents should begin preparing for the possible arrival of the storm, which may necessitate evacuation of the barrier island, including Patrick's base housing. NO ORDER HAS BEEN GIVEN FOR THE EVACUATION OF BASE RESIDENTS AT THIS TIME. BASE RESIDENTS SHOULD NOT BEGIN EVACUATION UNTIL AND UNLESS ORDERED TO DO SO BY 45TH SPACE WING OFFICIALS, WHO WORK CLOSELY WITH BREVARD COUNTY OFFICIALS IN THIS MATTER.

During HURCON IV, 45th Space Wing will begin precautionary preparations to secure property and any launch vehicles that may be exposed to storm conditions. All hurricane response teams will be put on telephone standby and teams will soon begin to store outdoor items that could become projectiles in a storm. Team members will also secure launch infrastructure and range instrumentation at Cape Canaveral AFS and Patrick AFB.

For information about the Pharmacy and Commissary hours during this period, contact the Pharmacy at 494-8739 and the Commissary at 494-5841.

Personnel should monitor the news, the base's website (www.patrick.af.mil), www.facebook.com/45spacewing for the latest information on Hurricane Conditions and actions being taken by base officials to prepare for the possible onset of the storm. The Patrick website has a Hurricane Guide to help with preparation actions for people.

Personnel can also call the 45th Space Wing Public Affairs Info Line at 494-4636 for updates and other information relating to Patrick AFB and Cape Canaveral AFS.


Aug 5, 2011  

45th Space Wing Supports Successful Atlas V Juno Launch

Atlas V rocket lifts Juno on the way to Saturn.
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. – CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 41 at 12:25 p.m. EDT with the Juno spacecraft for NASA. The 45th Space Wing provided flawless Eastern Range support for the successful launch. Juno is expected to improve our understanding of our solar system's beginnings by revealing the origin and evolution of Jupiter. After a five-year journey, the spacecraft will spend a year and 33 orbits studying many scientific aspects of the largest planet in our solar system. (United Launch Alliance photo/Pat Corkery)
  CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. – The U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing provided flawless Eastern Range support for the successful launch of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with NASA's Juno spacecraft today. The launch occurred at 12:25 p.m. (EDT) from Space Launch Complex 41.

A combined team of military, government civilians and contractors from across the 45th Space Wing provided vital support to the Juno launch, including weather forecasts, launch and range operations, safety and public affairs.

The wing also provided its vast network of radar, telemetry, optical and communications instrumentation to facilitate a safe launch on the Eastern Range.

Built by Lockheed Martin, Juno will investigate Jupiter's formation, evolution and structure from an elliptical orbit. The Atlas V rocket flew in the 551 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, five solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage.

"As always, the 45th Space Wing is pleased to have supported NASA on another successful and safe launch," said Brig. Gen. Ed Wilson, commander, 45th Space Wing.


March 4, 2011  

Atlas V X-37B OTV-2 launch scrubs, set March 5 

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. ­ The launch attempt of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V with the Air Force's second Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV-2) was scrubbed Friday for weather. Thick cumulus clouds, which could produce triggered lightning, were within 10 miles of Space Launch Complex 41, violating launch criteria during scheduled launch windows.

The Atlas V vehicle and OTV-2 are safe and secure at this time. The launch is rescheduled for Saturday, March 5 at 4:09 p.m. EST.

The X-37B will provide a flexible space test platform to conduct various experiments and allow satellite sensors, subsystems, components and associated technology to be efficiently transported to and from the space environment where it will need to function.

  Webcast: The launch can be viewed via Webcast at: http://www.ulalaunch.com 

Note: Dates and times of all launches are subject to change.
For updates and further information, see www.patrick.af.mil, log on to www.facebook.com/45SpaceWing, or contact 45th Space Wing Public Affairs, 321-494-5933 or 321-508-2072 (mobile).


Feb. 28, 2011

Atlas V X-37B OTV Cape launch set for March 4

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. ­ The 45th Space Wing is set to launch an Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle from Space Launch Complex 41 on March 4, 2011. The rocket will carry an Air Force X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV). The launch window for this Air Force mission opens at 3:39 p.m. EST.

The X-37B will provide a flexible space test platform to conduct various experiments and allow satellite sensors, subsystems, components and associated technology to be efficiently transported to and from the space environment where it will need to function.

Webcast: The launch can be viewed via Webcast at: http://www.ulalaunch.com 

Note: Dates and times of all launches are subject to change.
For more information, see www.patrick.af.mil, log on to www.facebook.com/45SpaceWing, or contact 45th Space Wing Public Affairs, 321-494-5933 or 321-508-2072 (mobile).


February 28, 2011  

Patrick AFB to Issue Military ID Cards by Appointment

    PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --- The Patrick Air Force base Identification Card office will go to an appointment-based system starting May 1, 2011.

Customers with appointments have priority at the ID office, operated by the 45th Force Support Squadron's Military Personnel Section, Customer Support Element. walk-in customers will be sent on a standby basis, but All other mission-critical functions will be handled prior to seeing a standby customer.

Customers can start scheduling appointments now for appointments after May 1. To schedule an appointment, please call (321) 494-6144/6147.

For more information see www.patrick.af.mil, log on to www.facebook.com/45SpaceWing or contact 45th Space Wing Public Affairs, 321-494-5933 or 321-508-2072 (mobile).


Feb. 24, 2011  

45th Space Wing Supports Successful Shuttle Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. ­ The U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing provided flawless Eastern Range support for NASA's successful launch of the final scheduled flight of Space Shuttle Discovery today. The launch occurred at 4:50 p.m. (EDT) from Space Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center.

A combined team of military, government civilians and contractors from across the 45th Space Wing provided vital support to the STS-133 mission, including weather forecasts, launch and range operations, safety and public affairs. The wing also provided its vast network of radar, telemetry, optical and communications instrumentation to facilitate a safe launch on the Eastern Range. STS-133 marks the 35th flight of a shuttle to the International Space Station and is the final scheduled flight for the orbiter Discovery.

STS-133 is commanded by Steve Lindsey, a retired Air Force colonel. Active Air Force Colonels Eric Boe and Alvin Drew are Pilot and Mission Specialist-1, respectively.

 "This is a historic flight, with one of the last Air Force shuttle crews," said Brig. Gen. Ed Wilson, 45th Space Wing commander, Launch Decision Authority for the mission. "The 45th Space Wing is pleased to have participated with NASA and our mission partners on a safe, successful launch. Congratulations to the team for another successful mission supporting our nation's manned-space program."

Discovery and her crew will deliver to the ISS the Permanent Multipurpose Module, critical spare components, the Express Logistics Carrier 4 and Robonaut 2, the first human-like robot in space. The mission will feature two spacewalks to do maintenance work and install new components.


December 30, 2010

45th Space Wing receives Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

  PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. ­ Air Force Space Command has selected the 45th Space Wing for an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for exceptionally meritorious service from Oct. 1, 2008, to Sept. 30, 2010.

"We are honored to be named one of the Air Force's outstanding units," said Brig. Gen. Ed Wilson, 45th Space Wing commander. "This was simply a superb performance by the whole team to deliver complete mission success for two consecutive years. The wing has made huge impacts around the world whether by launching critical spacecraft into orbit to support troops in combat, supporting our manned spaceflight program, or deploying servicemen and women into contested regions in defense of the nation. The team should be proud of its accomplishments."

The Air Force Outstanding Unit Award is awarded for meritorious service that clearly sets the unit above and apart from similar units. All members assigned to the wing and designated subordinate units during the period of the award are eligible.

For more information see www.patrick.af.mil, log on to www.facebook.com/45SpaceWing or contact 45th Space Wing Public Affairs, 321-494-5933 or 321-508-2072 (mobile).


December 8, 2010  

Air Force supports successful SpaceX launch

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. ­ Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) completed a successful test launch of its Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon space vehicle from Space Launch Complex 40 here today at 10:43 a.m. EST with safety and range support by the 45th Space Wing.

"The 45th Space Wing was proud to support this important Falcon 9 launch," said Brig. Gen. Ed Wilson, 45th Space Wing commander, who served as the Launch Decision Authority. "This is a true milestone mission, the first time a commercial company has launched and attempted reentry of a capsule. This mission once again showcases the potential for commercial space flight here at the Cape and proves why the combined Space Coast launch team has earned such a renowned reputation for assured access to space."

The mission marks the first of two demonstration flights by SpaceX for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program, and was only the second launch of the Falcon 9. The first successful Falcon 9 launched in June from Pad 40.

"It was a great team effort from the beginning," said Col. Lee Rosen, 45th Space Wing Launch Group commander. "Months of diligent testing and processing by the range user and ourselves here culminated in a spectacular launch that will have tremendous impact on the space community for the years to come."

For more information, call 321-494-5933 or e-mail [email protected]. For information regarding the next launch on the Eastern Range, go to www.patrick.af.mil.


Nov. 20, 2010  

Delta IV-Heavy Launch Rescheduled to November 21

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. ­ The 45th Space Wing launch of a Delta IV-Heavy Launch Vehicle carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload has been rescheduled to Nov. 21, 2010, at 5:58 p.m. Eastern Standard Time from Space Launch Complex 37 here. Following the scrubbed Nov. 19 launch attempt, the launch team examined the port and starboard common core strap-on boosters in the areas where they received anomalous temperature data signatures during Friday's launch countdown. After inspections by engineers, it was determined that the temperature data signatures were caused by issues with two temperature sensors. New temperature sensors have been installed and tested, which has resolved the issue.

The Delta IV Heavy rocket and NRO payload are safe and secure. The current weather forecast calls for a 90 percent chance of acceptable weather for the Nov. 21 launch attempt. Accredited media representatives interested in covering the launch from the Kennedy Space Center News Center must report Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. to the parking lot at the KSC Media Services Press Accreditation Building across from the Air Liquide plant on State Road 3, for badging and escort. Media representatives must provide proper credentials and two forms of identification, at least one with a photograph. Drivers must also ensure they have a current valid driver's license, motor vehicle registration and proof of insurance.

Notes:
1. Cessation of launch commentary/official information: The flow of official information about this mission will cease at the point of payload fairing separation. No further comment about the status of the mission will be made after this milestone.
2. Remote camera set-up: Media representatives interested in setting up or re-setting remote cameras at SLC-37 must report to the parking lot of SpaceX, adjacent to the CCAFS front gate on Nov. 21, at 8:15 a.m., for badging and escort.
3. Pre-launch news conference: None.
4. Live satellite feed information: A live simulcast of the launch will be available 25 minutes prior to launch.

BARS AND TONE - 5:00 P.M.
BROADCAST START - 5:33 P.M.
LAUNCH TIME ­ 5:58 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
SATELLITE ­ Galaxy 3
TRANSPONDER ­ G3C-8c
BAND ­ C-band Analog
ORBITAL POSITION ­ 95 degrees W
CARRIER ­ INTELSAT
BANDWIDTH ­ 36 MHz
UPLINK FREQ ­ 6085 MHz (Horizontal)
DOWNLINK FREQ ­ 3860 MHz (Vertical)
5. Webcast: The launch can be viewed via Webcast at: http://www.ulalaunch.com
Note: Dates and times of all launches are subject to change.
Contact: 45th Space Wing Public Affairs, 321-494-5933, or e-mail [email protected]


June 4, 2010  

Air Force supports inaugural flight of SpaceX Falcon 9

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. - Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) completed a successful test launch of its Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 here today at 2:45 p.m. EDT with stellar safety and range support provided by servicemembers assigned to the 45th Space Wing.

"The 45th Space Wing was proud to be a part of the maiden launch of the Falcon 9," said Col. Ed Wilson, 45th Space Wing commander, who served as the Launch Decision Authority. "This mission showcases the potential for commercial space flight and once again proves why the combined Space Coast launch team has earned such a renowned reputation for assured access to space worldwide."

This was the first of 15 scheduled launches of the Falcon 9.

"It was a great team effort from the beginning," said Col. Lee Rosen, 45th Space Wing Launch Group commander. "Months of diligent testing and processing by the range user and ourselves here has now culminated in a spectacular launch that will have tremendous impacts on the space community for the years to come."

SpaceX intends for the Falcon 9 to be used ultimately to resupply the International Space Station and to possibly provide a commercial alternative for manned spaceflight. There are two additional test launches scheduled for the Falcon 9 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.


May 27, 2010  

Delta IV GPS IIF-01 Launch scheduled May 27

Delta IV with the Air Force's Global Positioning System IIF SV-1 satellite
Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., (May 27, 2010) - A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket with the Air Force's Global Positioning System GPS IIF SV-1 (GPS IIF SV-1) satellite sits poised on its Space Launch Complex-37 launch pad ready to launch tonight. The launch is set for 11 p.m. EDT with the launch window extending until 11:19 p.m. EDT. The weather forecast calls for a 70 percent chance of acceptable weather during the launch window. GPS IIF SV-1 is the first in a series of next generation GPS satellites. Following its nearly three hour, 33 minute flight; it will join a worldwide timing and navigation system utilizing 24 satellites approximately 11,000 miles above the Earth's surface.
Photos by Pat Corkery, United Launch Alliance
  CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. ­ The launch of the United Launch Alliance Delta IV with the Air Force's Global Positioning System IIF SV-1 satellite is on for late night May 27.

The launch window is 11-11:19 p.m. EDT. If the launch scrubs for weather, the May 28 launch window is 10:56-11:15 p.m. EDT. The GPS IIF system brings next-generation performance to the constellation. The GPS IIF vehicle is critical to U.S. national security and sustaining GPS constellation availability for global civil, commercial and defense applications. Besides sustaining the GPS constellation, IIF features increased capability and improved mission performance and longevity.

This is a mission of several important firsts. Not only will it mark the first Block IIF satellite to be launched, this will be the first ever GPS satellite to ride on the Delta IV launch vehicle.

Webcast: The launch can be viewed via Webcast at: www.ulalaunch.com

Dates and times of all launches are subject to change. For updates, go to www.patrick.af.mil.


May 25, 2010  

Delta IV GPS IIF-01 Launch No Earlier Than May 27

  CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. ­ The launch of the United Launch Alliance Delta IV with the Air Force's Global Positioning System IIF SV-1 satellite is tentatively rescheduled for May 27.

The launch attempt of Delta IV GPS IIF SV-1 was scrubbed Monday night, May 24. During the final seconds of the launch countdown, an anomalous data signature with the thrust vector control system on one of the two solid rocket motors mounted to the Delta IV booster was detected. The thrust vector control system is used to steer the SRMs during flight. The data signature triggered an automatic abort in the launch countdown scrubbing Monday's launch attempt. Mission managers are studying the situation to determine a corrective action plan.

 The Delta IV rocket and GPS IIF SV-1 satellite are safe and secure at this time. The next launch attempt has been tentatively set for Thursday. When a decision is made determining the next launch attempt, it will be announced. The launch window for Thursday is 11-11:19 p.m. EDT.

The GPS IIF system brings next-generation performance to the constellation. The GPS IIF vehicle is critical to U.S. national security and sustaining GPS constellation availability for global civil, commercial and defense applications. Besides sustaining the GPS constellation, IIF features increased capability and improved mission performance and longevity.

This is a mission of several important firsts. Not only will it mark the first Block IIF satellite to be launched, this will be the first ever GPS satellite to ride on the Delta IV launch vehicle.

Notes:


May 23, 2010

UPDATED: LAUNCH DATE IN HEADLINE, TRANSPONDER AND DOWNLINK FREQUENCY.
ALL UPDATES ARE ON WWW.PATRICK.AF.MIL  

Delta IV GPS IIF-01 Launch Rescheduled May 23

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. ­ The launch attempt of the United Launch Alliance Delta IV with the Air Force's Global Positioning System IIF SV-1 satellite (GPS IIF SV-1) is rescheduled for Sunday, May 23. Mission managers expect the telemetry signal issue between the Global Positioning System satellite and the satellite ground support equipment that caused the scrub of Friday's launch attempt to be resolved in time for a launch attempt Sunday.

 The Delta IV rocket and GPS IIF SV-1 satellite are safe and secure at this time. Sunday's launch window is 11:17-11:35 p.m. EDT. The weather forecast calls for a 70 percent chance of acceptable weather during the launch window.

 The GPS IIF system brings next-generation performance to the constellation. The GPS IIF vehicle is critical to U.S. national security and sustaining GPS constellation availability for global civil, commercial and defense applications. Besides sustaining the GPS constellation, IIF features increased capability and improved mission performance and longevity.

This is a mission of several important firsts. Not only is it the first IIF to be launched, this will be the first GPS satellite to ride on the Delta IV launch vehicle.

Notes:

Live satellite feed information (subject to change):
SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME):
BARS AND TONE: 10:30 p.m.
BROADCAST START: 11 p.m.

Coordinates
SATELLITE ­ Galaxy 19
TRANSPONDER - G19C-16 (updated)
BAND ­ C-band Analog
ORBITAL POSITION ­ 97 degrees
CARRIER - INTELSAT
BANDWIDTH - 36 MHz
DOWNLINK FREQ ­ 4020 MHz (Horizontal)  

Webcast: The launch can be viewed via Webcast at: www.ulalaunch.com

Dates and times of all launches are subject to change. For updates, go to www.patrick.af.mil.
Contact: 45th Space Wing Public Affairs, 321-494-5933, [email protected].


May 17, 2010  

Delta IV GPS IIF-01 Launch Set May 20

  CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- The U.S. Air Force will launch the first Global Positioning System Block IIF satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle from Space Launch Complex 37 here May 20. The launch window is 11:29-11:48 p.m. (EDT).

The GPS IIF system brings next-generation performance to the constellation. The GPS IIF vehicle is critical to U.S. national security and sustaining GPS constellation availability for global civil, commercial and defense applications. Besides sustaining the GPS constellation, IIF features increased capability and improved mission performance and longevity.

This is a mission of several important firsts. Not only is it the first IIF to be launched, this will be the first GPS satellite to ride on the Delta IV launch vehicle.

The launch will be the first following the 50th anniversary of the Delta Program, May 13.

Webcast: The launch can be viewed via Webcast at: www.ulalaunch.com


May 14, 2009  

Launch Hazard Area for Delta IV Launch Scheduled May 20

  CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. ­ The attached map shows the Eastern Range's Launch Hazard Area (LHA) for the scheduled launch of a Delta IV Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle on May 20, 2010.

The targeted launch time is 11:29 p.m. (EDT). The launch window is 11:29-11:48 p.m.

For their safety, mariners are asked to remain clear of the LHA 9:15 p.m. May 20 through 12:45 a.m. May 21.

The exact coordinates are shown on the attached LHA map.

Persons entering this zone while it's an active launch area should be aware that civil and criminal penalties are authorized to punish violators. In accordance with Title 33, United States Code, Section 1232, the maximum penalty is six years confinement and a $250,000 fine.

Also attached is the restricted airspace map for this launch.

Note: Dates and times of all launches are subject to change.


May 14, 2010  

45th Space Wing Supports Successful Shuttle Launch

  CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. - The U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing provided flawless Eastern Range support for NASA's successful launch of the final scheduled flight of Space Shuttle Atlantis today. The launch occurred at ???2:20 p.m. (EDT) from Space Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center.

A combined team of military, government civilians and contractors from across the 45th Space Wing provided vital support to the STS-132 mission, including weather forecasts, launch and range operations, safety and public affairs. The wing also provided its vast network of radar, telemetry, optical and communications instrumentation to facilitate a safe launch on the Eastern Range. STS-132 marks the 34th flight of a shuttle to the International Space Station and is the final scheduled flight for the orbiter Atlantis.

"The 45th Space Wing is pleased to have participated with NASA and our mission partners on this historic flight," said Col. Ed Wilson, 45th Space Wing commander, Launch Decision Authority for the mission."This mission is a testament to all the hard work and teamwork that culminate in a safe, successful launch. Congratulations to the team for another successful mission as we support our nation's manned-space program."

Atlantis and her crew will deliver an Integrated Cargo Carrier and a Russian-built Mini Research Module that will provide additional storage space on the ISS and a new docking port for Russian Soyuz and Progress spacecraft. Three spacewalks are planned to stage spare components outside the station, including six spare batteries, a Ku-band antenna and spare parts for the Canadian Dextre robotic arm.


April 22, 2010  

45th Space Wing Launches Atlas V Carrying X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle

  CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. ­ The 45th Space Wing successfully launched a United Launch Alliance-built Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle from Space Launch Complex 41 at 7:52 p.m. (EDT) today.

The Atlas V rocket carried the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), making its first space flight. The X-37B will provide a flexible space test platform to conduct various experiments and allow satellite sensors, subsystems, components and associated technology to be efficiently transported to and from the space environment where it will need to function. A number of new technologies will also be tested on the OTV itself.

"If these technologies on the vehicle prove to be as good as we estimate, it will make our access to space more responsive, perhaps cheaper, and push us in the vector toward being able to react to warfighter needs more quickly," said Mr. Gary Payton, Air Force Deputy Under Secretary for Space Programs.

"This launch helps ensure that our warfighters will be provided the capabilities they need in the future," said Col. André Lovett, 45th Space Wing vice commander, Launch Decision Authority for the mission. "The 45th Space Wing is proud to launch this historic mission and continue our commitment to assuring access to the high frontier." The mission marked a number of important firsts.

 "As the first U.S. unmanned reentering space vehicle, the first of its kind, it has been remarkably easy to work with," said Lt. Col. Erik Bowman, 45th Launch Support Squadron Commander. "Processing and preparations went extremely smooth, and there were absolutely no delays in the vehicle processing. Overall there was great cooperation between the Air Force and industry teams of Boeing, ULA, and Astrotech, where we processed the spacecraft, to make sure everything went smoothly."

The mission was also the first-ever launch of an Atlas V with the 501 configuration, requiring no solid rocket motors, and the first launch in some five years to involve a 5-meter class fairing, said Colonel Bowman. "This vehicle is light enough to launch without the solid rocket motors even with the larger fairing, making this a rather unique configuration."

The X-37B program directly supports the Department of Defense's technology risk reduction efforts for new satellite systems. It will provide an "on-orbit laboratory" test environment to prove new technology and components before those technologies are committed to operational satellite programs.


April 19, 2010

Air Force set to launch first X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle

X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle in the encapsulation cell at Astrotech.
The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle in the encapsulation cell at the Astrotech facility April 2010, in Titusville, Fla. Air Force officials are scheduled to launch the X-37B April 21, 2010, at Cape Canaveral Air Station, Fla. The X-37B is the U.S.'s newest and most advanced unmanned re-entry spacecraft. (Courtesy photo)
WASHINGTON - Air Force officials are scheduled to launch the U. S.'s newest and most advanced unmanned re-entry spacecraft April 22 at Cape Canaveral Air Station, Fla.

The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle will provide a flexible space test platform to conduct various experiments and allow satellite sensors, subsystems, components and associated technology to be efficiently transported to and from the space environment where it will need to function.

The X-37B will also prove new technology and components before they are committed to operational satellites.

"The X-37B is an important step in the effort to make space access more routine, affordable, and responsive," Mr. Gary Payton, Air Force Under Secretary for Space Programs, said. "The technologies and concepts of employment that are proven by the Orbital Test Vehicle will be folded into development programs that will provide capabilities for our warfighters in the future."

The program directly supports the Department of Defense's technology risk reduction efforts for new satellite systems. It will provide an "on-orbit laboratory" test environment to prove new technology and components before those technologies are committed to operational satellite programs.

"The X-37B is the only self contained effort intended to be an economically viable experimental test platform on-orbit for months at a time and then return," said Mr. Payton. The X-37B OTV was designed to stay on-orbit for up to 270 days.

The X-37 program, while originally a NASA initiative, is now led by Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office officials, which expedite development and fielding of select Defense Department combat support and weapons systems. AFRCO officials are currently working on the X-37B program, building upon early development and testing conducted by officials from NASA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Air Force Research Laboratory.

The OTV is the first vehicle since NASA's shuttle orbiter that has the ability to return experiments to Earth for further inspection and analysis.

The X-37B's first flights will allow Air Force officials to evaluate the vehicle's performance and ensure the components and systems work the way they were designed. "There is much to learn in the first few flights on the technologies used on this vehicle, how quickly it can be readied for a re-flight, and on the operational utility," Mr. Payton said. "We have started discussions with Air Force Space Command (officials) to plan for the possibility for transition to an operational capability, but the system first must prove its utility and cost effectiveness during the test program."

The launch can be viewed via Webcast at: http://www.ulalaunch.com 

For more information, view the Air Force fact sheet and story, or call Air Force Public Affairs at 703-695-0640.

New unmanned spacecraft set to launch http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123199790

X-37B fact sheet http://www.af.mil/information/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=16639

Atlas AV-012 OTV-1: Satellite Coordinates
22 APRIL (ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME)
TEST SIGNALS BEGIN - 6:15 P. M. BROADCAST OPEN - 6:44 P. M.
SATELLITE - Galaxy 19
TRANSPONDER - G19C-20
BAND - C-band Analog
ORBITAL POSITION - 97 degrees
CARRIER - INTELSAT
BANDWIDTH - 36 MHz
DOWNLINK FREQ - 4100 MHz (Horizontal)

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April 16, 2010
U.S. Air Force Fact Sheet

ORBITAL TEST VEHICLE

Mission
The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle will demonstrate a reliable, reusable, unmanned space test platform for the United States Air Force. Objectives of the OTV program include space experimentation, risk reduction and concept of operations development for reusable space vehicle technologies.

Features
The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) is the United States' newest and most advanced re-entry spacecraft. Based on NASA's X-37 design, the unmanned OTV is designed for vertical launch to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) altitudes where it can perform long duration space technology experimentation and testing. Upon command from the ground, the OTV autonomously re-enters the atmosphere, descends and lands horizontally on a runway. The OTV is the first vehicle since NASA's Shuttle Orbiter with the ability to return experiments to Earth for further inspection and analysis.

Technologies to be tested include advanced guidance, navigation and control, thermal protection systems, avionics, high temperature structures and seals, conformal reusable insulation, and lightweight electromechanical flight systems. In addition, the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle will demonstrate autonomous orbital flight, reentry and landing.

Background
By direction of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics and the Secretary of the Air Force, the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office is leading the DoD's Orbital Test Vehicle initiative. The Air Force OTV effort leverages extensive contractor and government investments in the X-37 program by the Air Force, NASA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to continue full-scale development and on-orbit testing of a long-duration, reusable space vehicle.

NASA's original X-37 program began in l999 and ran until September 2004 when NASA transferred the program to DARPA. NASA envisioned building two vehicles, an Approach and Landing Test Vehicle (ALTV) and an Orbital Vehicle. The ALTV was designed to validate flight dynamics and extend the flight envelope beyond the low speed/low altitude tests conducted by NASA from 1998 through 2001 on the X-40A, a sub-scale version of the X-37 developed by the AF Research Labs. DARPA completed the ALTV portion of the X-37 program in September 2006 by successfully executing a series of captive carry and free flight tests from the Scaled Composites White Knight aircraft. NASA's X-37 Orbital Vehicle was never built: but its design was the starting point for the Air Force's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle program.

The Air Force plans to conduct the first orbital test flight of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle in April 2010 with a launch from Cape Canaveral AFS on an Atlas V expendable launch vehicle. Re-entry and recovery activities will be conducted at either Vandenberg AFB or Edwards AFB.

General Characteristics
Primary Mission: Space Technology Experimentation/Test
Prime Contractor: Boeing
Height: 9 ft 6 in
Length: 29 ft 3 in
Wingspan: 14 ft 11 in
Launch Weight: 11,000 lb
Power: Gallium Arsenide Solar Cells with Lithium-Ion Batteries
Launch Vehicle: Lockheed-Martin Atlas V (501)

Point of Contact
Office of the Secretary of the Air Force (Public Affairs) 1690 Air Force Pentagon. Washington D.C. 20330-1690: (703) 695-0640


April 15, 2010  

Launch Hazard Area for Atlas V Launch Scheduled April 21

  CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. ­ The attached map shows the Eastern Range's Launch Hazard Area (LHA) for the launch of an Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle, rescheduled to April 21, 2010.

For their safety, mariners are asked to remain clear of the LHA 4:30-10 p.m. EDT. The exact coordinates are shown on the attached LHA map. If this launch is delayed, the next attempt will be on April 22, and Hazard Area times will again be 4:30-10 p.m.

Persons entering this zone while it's an active launch area should be aware that civil and criminal penalties are authorized to punish violators. In accordance with Title 33, United States Code, Section 1232, the maximum penalty is six years confinement and a $250,000 fine.

Also attached is the restricted airspace map for this launch.

Note: Dates and times of all launches are subject to change.
Contact: 45th Space Wing Public Affairs, 321-494-5933 or e-mail [email protected]

The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle on runway
The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle on runway.

The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle - vertical
The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle - vertical.


April 5, 2010

Air Force Week to be held in Cocoa Beach

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Cocoa Beach, Fla., will be the location for one of only two Air Force Weeks to be held in 2010.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz announced that Air Force Week Cocoa Beach 2010 will be held Oct. 27-31, and will conclude with the two-day Cocoa Beach Air Show, featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

 "We are honored to play host for an Air Force Week here on the Space Coast," said Col. Ed Wilson, 45th Space Wing commander and Eastern Range director. "Air Force Week will offer Airmen the unique opportunity to share their experiences with the local community and for all of us to honor our hometown heroes."  Both representatives from the U.S. House of Representatives said they were pleased with the announcement by the Air Force.

 "The Air Force chose only two cities this year. We are thrilled that Cocoa Beach is one of them," said Congressman Bill Posey, whose district contains Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

"This is a great opportunity for the Space Coast and the Air Force and I look forward to what I am sure will be an outstanding week for our community," said Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas, whose district contains Kennedy Space Center.

In addition to the federal representatives, county and city leaders said they are also pleased with the announcement. "The inaugural Cocoa Beach Air Show last year was a great beginning," said Mary Bolin, Brevard County Commission Chairwoman. "With the addition of the Air Force Week, and all the assets it brings, this year's show and Air Force Week will be even better."

Skip Beeler, the mayor of Cocoa Beach, said that he is pleased that the Cocoa Beach Air Show, which will feature the Air Force Thunderbirds, is capping off the Air Force Week. "This year's event will prove to be a bigger draw than last year's."

General Schwartz also announced the first Air Force Week will be held in New York City Aug. 25-29, culminating with the two-day Coney Island Air Show that will also feature the Thunderbirds. More details regarding specific events scheduled to take place for Air Force Week Cocoa Beach will be released in the coming months.

Contact: 45th Space Wing Public Affairs, 321-494-5933 (office) or 321-508-2072 (mobile).


April 5, 2010  

45th Space Wing Supports Successful Shuttle Launch

  CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. ­ The U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing provided flawless Eastern Range support for NASA's successful launch of Space Shuttle Discovery today. The launch occurred at ???6:21 a.m. (EDT) from Space Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center.

Airmen, Air Force civilians and contractors from throughout the 45th Space Wing provided vital support, including weather forecasts, launch and range operations, safety and public affairs. The wing also provided its vast network of radar, telemetry, optical and communications instrumentation to facilitate a safe launch on the Eastern Range.

"The 45th Space Wing is proud to participate with NASA and our mission partners to bring increased capabilities to the International Space Station," said Col. Ed Wilson, 45th Space Wing commander, who served as Launch Decision Authority for the mission. "We at the 45th assure access to space, and this mission is a testament to all the hard work and teamwork that culminate in a safe, successful launch. Congratulations to all on a job well done."

Discovery will carry a multi-purpose logistics module filled with science racks for the laboratories aboard the station. The mission has three planned spacewalks, with work to include replacing an ammonia tank assembly, retrieving a Japanese experiment from the station's exterior, and switching out a rate gyro assembly on the station's truss structure. Mission STS-131 marks the 33rd flight of a shuttle to the International Space Station.


March 15, 2010  

45th Space Wing Commander nominated for promotion

  PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. ­ Col. Ed Wilson, commander of the 45th Space Wing, has been nominated by the President of the United States for appointment to the grade of brigadier general.

Colonel Wilson assumed command of the 45th Space Wing Feb. 12. Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Wilson served as the Commander, Space Development and Test Wing, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.

During his career, the U.S. Air Force Academy graduate has served in various duties to include space operations, acquisition, policy, strategy, planning and combat support. He previously commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels, as well as served on the staffs of Air Force Space Command, U.S. Space Command, and the National Reconnaissance Office. Colonel Wilson also served as a Secretary of Defense corporate fellow at Cisco Systems where he received senior service college credit by training with corporate America.


March 4, 2009  

USAF Launches NASA'S Geostationary Environmental Satellite (GOES-P)

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. ­ The U.S. Air Force successfully launched a United Launch Alliance Delta IV-Medium Launch Vehicle carrying the NASA GOES-P satellite at 6:57 p.m. EST today from Space Launch Complex 37.

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) represents a continuation of the newest generation of environmental satellites built by Boeing for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) under the technical guidance and project management of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

The information sent by GOES spacecraft is used for a host of applications, including weather monitoring and prediction models, ocean temperatures and moisture locations, climate studies, cryosphere ­ ice, snow, glaciers ­ detection and extent, land temperatures and crop conditions, and hazards detection.

"This safe and successful launch by this amazing multi-agency team of professionals will help ensure vital atmospheric and environmental information will be sent to users enhancing weather forecasts and climate studies," said Col. Ed Wilson, 45th Space Wing commander. "This mission showcases why the 45 Space Wing continues to be the world's premiere gateway to space."

The mission marked the third GOES satellite launched on a Delta IV rocket. The launch was the ninth flight of a Delta IV rocket from Cape Canaveral AFS, and the third launch this year on the Eastern Range.

"Only 89 calendar days have passed since our last launch making this campaign the shortest time between two consecutive Delta IV launches from the same pad," said Capt. John "JJ" McAfee, 5th Space Launch Squadron, who served as Delta IV Flight Mission Lead. "Over the holiday season and through this successful launch, the Delta launch team overcame numerous challenges, streamlined our processes, and elevated our partnerships to the next level."


February 26, 2010

MILITARY EXERCISE AT CAPE CANAVERAL

Notice to Residents

Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Sailors from Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 10 will conduct training at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station March 2-7.

This Field Training Exercise (FTX) 10-2 will provide realistic training environments for Expeditionary Sailors that closely replicate the operational challenges routinely encountered during military operations around the world. The exercise is intended to provide unit level and integrated training in preparation for a deployment this fall.

What kind of training will the Sailors be conducting?
Among other things, the Sailors will hone their skills in conducting boat patrols, operating vehicle checkpoints, reacting to ambushes, weapons handling and countering the threat posed by improvised explosive devices. The Sailors' activity in the communities will center on what are called situational training exercises. The units will be issued a series of mock orders, designed to replicate the types of missions it is likely to face during its deployment. In much the same way they would while deployed, the Sailors will plan the missions in detail and then execute them in designated locations.

Where will the training take place?
The Sailors will train onboard Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in the area operated by Naval Ordnance Test Unit (NOTU) know as the "Trident Warf" or the "Trident Basin." Trident Basin is directly across the Port Canaveral Channel from Jetty Park. Military vehicles will transport personnel and equipment between these facilities. While the impact on the local population should be minimal, residents in certain communities can expect to see military vehicles moving from one location to another.

What impact will the training have on area residents?
Many residents may notice more uniformed Sailors than they're accustomed to seeing, as well as military vehicles operating in the area. Sailors will be living in tents in designated areas, and most activity off base will be concentrated in a relatively small number of designated areas. Impact of the training on most of the community will be minimal.

How much extra noise should residents expect during the exercise?
If residents notice an increase in noise, it will likely come from small boat operations and blank fire training on small arms and larger non-portable weapons, which all use blank rounds. Still, the noise may be a nuisance, and the Navy asks for patience while these Sailors complete this critical training in preparation for deployment.

For more information on this exercise, contact the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Public Affairs Office at (757) 462-4316 x249 or x252 Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or after working hours at (757) 374-0995. For more information on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, contact the 45th Space Wing Public Affairs Office at (321) 494-5933 Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or after working hours (321) 508-2072.


Feb. 23, 2009  

Launch Hazard Area for Delta IV Launch Scheduled March 2

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. ­ The attached map shows the Eastern Range's Launch Hazard Area (LHA) for the scheduled launch of a Delta IV Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle on March 2, 2010.

The targeted launch time is 6:19 p.m. (EST). The launch window is 6:19-7:19 p.m.

For their safety, mariners are asked to remain clear of the LHA 5:15-9:30 p.m. The exact coordinates are shown on the attached LHA map.

Persons entering this zone while it's an active launch area should be aware that civil and criminal penalties are authorized to punish violators. In accordance with Title 33, United States Code, Section 1232, the maximum penalty is six years confinement and a $250,000 fine.

Also attached is the restricted airspace map for this launch.

Note: Dates and times of all launches are subject to change.

Contact: 45th Space Wing Public Affairs, 321-494-5933 or e-mail [email protected]


Feb. 11, 2010

Atlas V Launches Solar Observatory from Cape

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. - The 45th Space Wing launched a United Launch Alliance Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle from Space Launch Complex 41 here at 10:23 a. m. EST Thursday, Feb. 11.

The rocket carried Solar Dynamics Observatory, a NASA spacecraft. SDO's unprecedented mission will study the sun and its dynamic behavior. Onboard telescopes will scrutinize sunspots and solar flares using more pixels and colors than any other observatory in the history of solar physics, and will reveal the sun's hidden secrets in photographs.

"The 45th Space Wing is pleased to participate with NASA and our mission partners to launch this important solar observatory," said Brig. Gen. Edward L. Bolton, Jr., 45th Space Wing commander. "We are proud to support NASA's scientific missions to unlock the secrets of the universe."

By better understanding the sun and how it works, scientists hope to better predict "space weather," providing earlier warnings to protect astronauts and satellites.

The launch's success shows how teamwork is crucial, not just within the Air Force, but between agencies and the wing's mission partners who are members of the launch team, said General Bolton.

"In the two years I've been the Mission Support Lead for the 5th Space Launch Squadron I've had the opportunity to see our team progress from one launch during 2008 to eight launches in 2009," said 1st Lt. Marcella Mueth. "This year's launch forecast looks even more promising."


Feb. 8, 2010  

45th Space Wing Supports Successful Shuttle Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. ­ The U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing provided flawless Eastern Range support for NASA's successful launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour today. The launch occurred at 4:14 a.m. (EST) from Space Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center.

Airmen, Air Force civilians and contractors from throughout the 45th Space Wing provided vital support, including weather forecasts, launch and range operations, safety and public affairs. The wing also provided its vast network of radar, telemetry, optical and communications instrumentation to facilitate a safe launch on the Eastern Range.

"The 45th Space Wing is proud to participate with NASA and our mission partners to bring increased capabilities to the International Space Station," said Brig. Gen. Edward L. Bolton Jr., 45th Space Wing commander, who served as Launch Decision Authority for the mission. "We at the 45th assure access to space, and this mission is a testament to all the hard work that culminates in a safe, successful launch. Congratulations to all on a job well done."

Mission STS-130 marks the 32nd flight of a shuttle to the International Space Station and the 24th flight for the orbiter Endeavour. The shuttle and its six-member crew will deliver to the space station a third connecting module, the Italian-built Tranquility node and a seven-windowed cupola, which will be used as a control room for robotics. The cupola will allow 360-degree views toward earth after it is placed below the node. The mission will feature three spacewalks.


Feb. 5, 2010

Air Force conducts mass enlistment with rocket backdrop

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. - Forty Air Force recruits got their first glimpse at active duty Feb. 4 when they were sworn into the Delayed Entry Program at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

45th Space Wing Commander Brig. Gen. Edward L. Bolton Jr. led the oath in front of a Delta IV rocket being readied for launch from Pad 37. "Welcome to the Air Force," General Bolton said after the oath was completed. A former enlisted Airmen himself, he told the recruits how he had also been in the DEP more than 20 years ago.

"That oath set me on the path that led me here, launching rockets for a living," he said. "You're going have a tremendous opportunity, but what you make of that opportunity will only be as great as the effort you put into it."

The recruits came from the 333rd Recruiting Squadron. The largest in the nation, the squadron's area of responsibility stretches from Ocala, Fla., to the U. S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. This is the first time the 333 RCS has held a DEP swear-in near one of the launch pads.

"For many recruits, it's a whole new experience," said Master Sgt. Carmelo Vega of the 333rd Recruiting Squadron. "It's a chance for us as recruiters to really showcase the Air Force before they go to training."

"We would like to do this more often," Sergeant Vega said of the ceremony. "It's a great motivator."

The recruits agreed. "It's a great honor to be enlisted by a brigadier general," said Joshua Whalen, who leaves for basic training in June to become a pararescueman.

Jeremy Williamson, who is entering the Special Operations career field, added that seeing the Delta IV up close "gives me something to look forward to. I'm ready to work hard and do my best for my country."


Feb. 2, 2010

Launch Hazard Area for Atlas V Launch Scheduled February 9 10

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. - The attached map shows the Eastern Range's Launch Hazard Area (LHA) for the scheduled launch of an Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle on Feb. 9, 2010.

The targeted launch time is 10:30 a. m. (EST). The launch window is 10:30-11:30 a. m.

For their safety, mariners are asked to remain clear of the LHA from 8:30 a. m.-12:30 p. m. The exact coordinates are shown on the attached LHA map.

Persons entering this zone while it's an active launch area should be aware that civil and criminal penalties are authorized to punish violators. In accordance with Title 33, United States Code, Section 1232, the maximum penalty is six years confinement and a $250,000 fine. Also attached is the restricted airspace map for this launch.

Note: Dates and times of all launches are subject to change.


Feb. 1, 2010 

Air Force to conduct mass enlistment with rocket backdrop

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. - Forty U. S. Air Force recruits are expected to swear in simultaneously here Thursday, Feb. 4. Plans are to have a Delta IV rocket on the pad serve as the backdrop for the enlistment ceremony, weather permitting.

Brig. Gen. Edward L. Bolton Jr., 45th Space Wing commander, will swear in the new recruits, who are participants in the Air Force's Delayed Entry Program.

Air Force Recruiting Service officials and recruiters from the local 333rd Recruiting Squadron said conducting the mass swear-in with a space vehicle as a backdrop would be exciting for the recruits and provide a great photo opportunity to publicize the service.

"Conducting a mass swear-in in front of a rocket will show the Air Force space program is alive and well and educate people about our military space programs," said General Bolton, who entered the Air Force as an enlisted Airman. "We conducted 21 launches on the Eastern Range in 2009 and have a busy launch manifest reaching out for years to come. These recruits will be among the young people who may enter the exciting world of space operations."

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside Hangar R, an annex of the Air Force Space and Missile Museum containing space capsules, rockets, missiles, other space hardware, and tracking equipment. A pristine Snark, painted bright red-orange, with shark nose paint and a Strategic Air Command logo, is the annex's centerpiece.

Live Coverage: Accredited media representatives interested in covering the event must e-mail both eric. [email protected] and [email protected] by noon Wednesday, Feb. 3, and plan to meet for badging and escort at 2:15 p. m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at the SpaceX parking lot just outside CCAFS Gate 1. Media representatives must provide proper credentials and two forms of identification, at least one with a photograph, to be granted Cape access. Drivers must also ensure they have a current valid driver's license, motor vehicle registration and proof of insurance.

Contact: 45th Space Wing Public Affairs, 321-494-5933 (office) or 321-508-2072 (mobile).


Jan. 27, 2009

Launch Hazard Area for STS-130 launch scheduled February 7

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. - The attached map shows the Eastern Range's Launch Hazard Area (LHA) for the scheduled launch of space shuttle mission STS-130 on Feb. 7, 2010.

The targeted launch time is 4:39 a. m. (EST). The launch window is 4:34-4:45 a. m.

For their safety, mariners are asked to remain clear of the LHA 2-5:45 a. m. Sunday, Feb. 7. The exact coordinates of the LHA are shown on the attached LHA map.

Persons entering this zone while it's an active launch area should be aware that civil and criminal penalties are authorized to punish violators. In accordance with Title 33, United States Code, Section 1232, the maximum penalty is six years confinement and a $250,000 fine.

Also attached is the Restricted Airspace Map for STS-130.

Note: Dates and times of all launches are subject to change.

Contact: 45th Space Wing Public Affairs, 321-494-5933 or e-mail [email protected]


Jan. 26, 2009

Base opens state-of-the-art Child Development Center

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The 45th Space Wing dedicated a new state-of-the-art Child Development Center during a ribbon cutting ceremony here Tuesday, Jan. 26.

The 31,000 square-foot facility opened to children Jan. 19. It replaces a 1950s-era building that was not built originally for a child development center. Its capacity increased by 78 children and its size by 10,000 square feet. The $8.6 million military construction project was awarded Sept. 27, 2007, and construction began March 14, 2008.

"We have consistently provided quality child care validated through no-notice annual Air Force Inspections and National Accreditation," said Michael Wage, 45th Force Support Squadron deputy. "We now have a facility that mirrors the quality care we provide."

The new facility's upgrades include higher quality learning environments that provide natural lighting, easy access to age-appropriate playgrounds, a state-of-the-art-kitchen, and child-sized sinks, toilets and water fountains. Staff benefit from a conference room and an area dedicated specifically for training. Parents said they appreciate the improvements, and find the new facility more convenient for them and their children.

"It's all about the quality of life, the retention of our Airmen," said Pamela Jordan, 45th Force Support Squadron chief of Airman and Family Services. "They don't have to worry about the care of their children while they're defending our country."


Dec. 7, 2009

Airmen to be Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. ­ Airmen of the 45th Space Wing will be awarded a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and other combat-related medals at a ceremony Dec. 8 here.

Brig. Gen. Edward L. Bolton Jr., 45th Space Wing commander will award medals to recently deployed Airmen of the 45th Civil Engineer Squadron, including three members of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight.

Award recipients, their positions, and their medals earned are expected to include:
Master Sgt. John G. Lawso, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge: Bronze Star Medal, for exceptionally meritorious service in a combat zone with exposure to risk of hostile action during Operation Iraqi Freedom; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; and Air Force Combat Action Medal (may be awarded only once);
Senior Airman Robert K. "Keith" Flick II, Explosive Ordnance Technician: Purple Heart, for wounds received in action Sept. 18 in Afghanistan;
Staff Sgt. Justin D. Macias, Explosive Ordnance Technician: Joint Service Commendation Medal, for actions taken Sept. 18 in Afghanistan;
Tech. Sgt. John A. Smith, Power Production Craftsman, Army Commendation Medal.


Dec. 5, 2009

AF Successfully Launches Satellite to Enhance Military Communications

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- The U.S. Air Force successfully launched a new-generation military communications satellite from here today at 8:47 p.m. (EST), when a Delta IV rocket carried a Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) into space.

WGS satellites are designed to provide high-capacity communications to U.S. military forces. They will augment and eventually replace the Defense Satellite Communication System that has been the Department of Defense's backbone for satellite communications over the last two decades.

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, who had planned to witness the launch from the Morrell Operations Center at CCAFS prior to a 24-hour weather delay, said he and the entire nation depend on the 45th Space Wing and other space associated programs.

"The WGS provides a giant leap in communications bandwidth and technology," said Secretary Donley. "The launch of this satellite is another example of the Air Force bringing important and vital capabilities to our nation's military around the world."

This mission marked the third flight of a Delta IV rocket this year from CCAFS, a record for one year. It also was the second launch of a WGS this year from here. WGS-2 launched atop an Atlas V rocket here April 3.

"I am extremely proud to be a part of a team of space professionals that launched the third Wideband Global SATCOM satellite to complete the first phase of the WGS constellation," said Brig. Gen. Edward L. Bolton Jr., 45th Space Wing commander. "I am also pleased this marked our 20th launch of the year."

First launched in 2007, WGS will be a constellation of five satellites that will supply service for military leaders to command and control their tactical forces.

Contact: 45th Space Wing Public Affairs, 321-494-5933 or e-mail [email protected]


Nov. 23, 2009

45th Space Wing Launches Atlas V Lifting Intelsat

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. - The 45th Space Wing launched successfully a United Launch Alliance-built Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle carrying the Intelsat-14 commercial communications satellite from Space Launch Complex 41 at 1:55 a.m. (EST) today.

"This launch helps to ensure that vital communications will continue to bolster our nation's capabilities and showcases why the 45th Space Wing is the world's premiere gateway to space," said Brig. Gen. Edward L. Bolton Jr., 45th Space Wing commander.

This mission was the 17th flight of an Atlas V rocket from the Cape and the 19th launch overall this year on the Eastern Range.

"I'm thrilled the launch went so well and the mission is a success," said 2nd Lt. Drew Peterson, 5th Space Launch Squadron, who served as Atlas V Mission Lead for the Intelsat-14 satellite. "I'd like to thank the entire team for this great achievement."

Lieutenant Peterson was responsible for overseeing the receipt, integration and launch of the $700 million United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with the Intelsat satellite.

Contact: 45th Space Wing Public Affairs, 321-494-5933 or e-mail [email protected]


Nov. 19, 2009

Atlas V set for Cape Canaveral Launch November 23

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. - The 45th Space Wing is set to launch a United Launch Alliance Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle from Space Launch Complex 41 on Monday, Nov. 23, 2009. The launch window for this mission is 12:50-2:20 a.m. (EST). The rocket will carry Intelsat-14, a commercial communications satellite.

Media representatives interested in covering the launch from the Kennedy Space Center News Center must report to the parking lot at the KSC Media Services Press Accreditation Building on State Road 3 on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 11 p.m. for badging and escort. Media with a current valid KSC badge will not require an escort and may drive directly to the KSC News Center, which is the press site for this launch.

Notes:

1. Remote camera set-up: Media representatives interested in setting up remote cameras must report to the parking lot of the Space Florida/Space X complex, adjacent to the CCAFS front gate, on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 3:45 p.m. for badging and escort to the SLC-41 area. Mike Rein and Mike Woolley of ULA Communications plan to meet and escort media. For any questions or concerns, contact Mr. Rein at (321) 693-6250.

2. Pre-launch news conference: None.

3. Live satellite feed information:

Test Transmission
Service start: 22 Nov 2009 15:30 ET / 22 Nov 2009 20:30 GMT
Service end: 22 Nov 2009 16:30 ET / 22 Nov 2009 21:30 GMT

Satellite: Galaxy-16
Transponder: 10 C
Band: C-Band Analog
Orbital Location: 99' W;
Uplink Frequency: 6125 MHz Horizontal;
Downlink Frequency: 3900 MHz Vertical;
Bandwidth: 36 MHz
Audio Subcarrier: 6.2 and 6.8

Launch Broadcast Transmission
Service start: 23 Nov 2009 00:01 ET / 23 Nov 2009 05:01 GMT
Service end: 23 Nov 2009 02:45 ET / 23 Nov 2009 07:45 GMT

Satellite: Galaxy-16
Transponder: 10 C
Band: C-Band Analog
Orbital Location: 99' W;
Uplink Frequency: 6125 MHz Horizontal;
Downlink Frequency: 3900 MHz Vertical;
Bandwidth: 36 MHz
Audio Subcarrier: 6.2 and 6.8

Broadcast begins at 12:30 a.m. EST

5. Webcast: The launch can be viewed via Webcast at: http://www.ulalaunch.com

Note: Dates and times of all launches are subject to change.
Contact: 45th Space Wing Public Affairs, 321-494-5933 or e-mail [email protected]


Nov. 18, 2009

Launch Hazard Area for Atlas V Launch Scheduled November 23

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. - The attached map shows the Eastern Range's Launch Hazard Area (LHA) for the scheduled launch of an Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle on Nov. 23, 2009.

The targeted launch time is 12:50 a.m. (EST). The launch window is 12:50-2:20 a.m.

For their safety, mariners are asked to remain clear of the LHA from 10:50 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22 to 3:15 am Monday, Nov. 23. The exact coordinates are shown on the attached LHA map.

Persons entering this zone while it's an active launch area should be aware that civil and criminal penalties are authorized to punish violators. In accordance with Title 33, United States Code, Section 1232, the maximum penalty is six years confinement and a $250,000 fine.

Also attached is the restricted airspace map for this launch.

Note: Dates and times of all launches are subject to change.
Contact: 45th Space Wing Public Affairs, 321-494-5933 or e-mail [email protected]


Nov. 16, 2009

45th Space Wing Supports Successful Shuttle Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. - The U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing provided flawless Eastern Range support for NASA's successful launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis today. The launch occurred at 2:28 p.m. (EST) from Space Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center.

Airmen, Air Force civilians and contractors from throughout the 45th Space Wing provided vital support, including weather forecasts, launch and range operations, safety and public affairs. The wing also provided its vast network of radar, telemetry, optical and communications instrumentation to facilitate a safe launch on the Eastern Range.

"The 45th Space Wing is proud to participate with NASA and our mission partners to bring increased capabilities and longevity to the International Space Station," said Col. André Lovett, 45th Space Wing vice commander, who served as Launch Decision Authority for the mission. "We at the 45th assure access to space, and this mission is a testament to all the hard work that culminates in a safe, successful launch. Congratulations to all on a job well done."

Mission STS-129 marks the 31st flight of a shuttle to the International Space Station and the 31st flight for the orbiter Atlantis. The shuttle and its six-member crew will deliver to the ISS two control moment gyroscopes, equipment and EXPRESS Logistics Carrier 1 and 2. The mission will feature three spacewalks.

Atlantis also will return station crew member Nicole Stott to Earth and is slated to be the final space shuttle crew rotation flight.

Contact: 45th Space Wing Public Affairs, 321-494-5933 or e-mail [email protected]


Nov. 10, 2009

Atlas V set for Cape Canaveral Launch November 14

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. - The 45th Space Wing is set to launch a United Launch Alliance Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle from Space Launch Complex 41 on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009. The launch window for this mission is 12:48-2:18 a.m. (EST). The rocket will carry Intelsat 14, a commercial communications satellite.

Media representatives interested in covering the launch from the Kennedy Space Center News Center must report to the parking lot at the KSC Media Services Press Accreditation Building on State Road 3 on Friday, Nov. 13, at 11 p.m. for badging and escort. Media with a current valid KSC badge will not require an escort and may drive directly to the KSC News Center, which is the press site for this launch.

Notes:

1. Remote camera set-up: Media representatives interested in setting up remote cameras must report to the parking lot of the Space Florida/Space X complex, adjacent to the CCAFS front gate, on Friday, Nov. 13, at 3:45 p.m. for badging and escort to the SLC-41 area. Mike Rein and Mike Woolley of ULA Communications plan to meet and escort media. For any questions or concerns, contact Mr. Rein at (321)693-6250.

2. Pre-launch news conference: None.

3. Live satellite feed information:

TEST TRANSMISSION
Service start: 13 Nov 2009 14:00 ET / 13 Nov 2009 19:00 GMT
Service end: 13 Nov 2009 17:00 ET / 13 Nov 2009 22:00 GMT

Satellite: Galaxy-16
Transponder: 08 C
Band: C-Band Analog
Orbital Location: 99' W;
Uplink Frequency: 6085 MHz Horizontal;
Downlink Frequency: 3860 MHz Vertical;
Bandwidth: 36 MHz
Audio Subcarrier: 6.2 and 6.8

LAUNCH BROADCAST TRANSMISSION
Service start: 14 Nov 2009 00:01 ET / 14 Nov 2009 05:01 GMT
Service end: 14 Nov 2009 02:45 ET / 14 Nov 2009 07:45 GMT

Satellite: Galaxy-16
Transponder: 08 C
Band: C-Band Analog
Orbital Location: 99' W;
Uplink Frequency: 6085 MHz Horizontal;
Downlink Frequency: 3860 MHz Vertical;
Bandwidth: 36 MHz
Audio Subcarrier: 6.2 and 6.8

BROADCAST SCHEDULE
14 NOV 2009 (all times Eastern Standard Time)
Bars and Tone: 12:01 a.m.
Disclaimer: 12:27 a.m.
Broadcast Start: 12:28 a.m.
Launch Window: 12:48-2:18 a.m.
Broadcast Close: 2:18-2:45 a.m.

5. Webcast: The launch can be viewed via Webcast at: http://www.ulalaunch.com

Note: Also attached is the Restricted Airspace Map for this launch.
Dates and times of all launches are subject to change.
Contact: 45th Space Wing Public Affairs, (321) 494-5933 or [email protected]


Nov. 6, 2009

Launch Hazard Area for Atlas V launch scheduled November 14

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. - The attached map shows the Eastern Range's Launch Hazard Area (LHA) for the scheduled launch of an Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle on Nov. 14, 2009.

The targeted launch time is 12:48 a.m. (EST). The launch window is 12:48-2:18 a.m.


For their safety, mariners are asked to remain clear of the LHA from 10:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, to 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov.14. The exact coordinates of the LHA are shown on the attached LHA map.

Persons entering this zone while it's an active launch area should be aware that civil and criminal penalties are authorized to punish violators. In accordance with Title 33, United States Code, Section 1232, the maximum penalty is six years confinement and a $250,000 fine.

Note: Dates and times of all launches are subject to change.
Contact: 45th Space Wing Public Affairs, 321-494-5933 or e-mail [email protected]


Nov. 4, 2009

Space and Missile Systems Center will hold joint media telecon for WGS-3 Launch

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, EL SEGUNDO, CALIF. ­ The Space and Missile Systems Center will hold a joint media teleconference Nov. 10 from 11 ­ 11:30 a.m. (PDT) to discuss the upcoming WGS-3 launch.

Panelists will include Col. Gary Henry, commander, Launch and Range Systems Wing and mission director for the launch, Col. William Harding, vice commander, Military Satellite Communications Systems Wing; Lt. Col. David Hook, commander, 5th Space Launch Squadron; Mr. Mark Spiwak, WGS program director, The Boeing Company and Mr. Jim Sponnick, United Launch Alliance.

A Q&A session will be held following the opening statements.


Oct. 28, 2009

45th Space Wing Supports Successful Ares I-X Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. ­ The 45th Space Wing provided flawless Eastern Range support for NASA's successful launch of the Ares I-X. The test rocket launched from Space Launch Complex 39B at Kennedy Space Center at 11:30 a.m. (EDT) today.

Airmen, Air Force civilians and contractors from throughout the 45th Space Wing provided vital support, including weather forecasts, launch and range operations, safety and public affairs. The wing also provided its vast network of radar, telemetry, optical and communications instrumentation to facilitate a safe launch.

"The success of this test launch helps to pave the way for future space exploration," said Brig. Gen. Edward L. Bolton, Jr., 45th Space Wing commander. "We're very pleased to continue supporting NASA and its partners as we write the next chapter in human space flight here on the Eastern Range."

The Ares I is the first rocket developed for NASA's Constellation Program, tasked with developing vehicles necessary to carry astronauts on future journeys of exploration. This mission provided an opportunity to test and prove the new rocket's flight characteristics, hardware, facilities and ground operations.

Contact: 45th Space Wing Public Affairs, 321-494-5933 or [email protected]


Oct. 23, 2009

Launch Hazard Advisory for Ares 1-X launch scheduled October 27

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. - The attached map shows the Eastern Range's Launch Hazard Area (LHA) for the scheduled launch of the Ares 1-X on Oct. 27, 2009.

The targeted launch time is 8 a.m. (EDT). The launch window is 8 a.m. - noon. For their safety, mariners are asked to remain clear of the LHA from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. (EDT) Tuesday, Oct 27. The exact coordinates of the LHA are shown on the attached LHA map.

Persons entering this zone while it's an active launch area should be aware that civil and criminal penalties are authorized to punish violators. In accordance with Title 33, United States Code, Section 1232, the maximum penalty is six years confinement and a $250,000 fine. Also attached is the Restricted Airspace Map for Ares 1-X.  

Note: Dates and times of all launches are subject to change. Contact: 45th Space Wing Public Affairs, 321-494-5933, or e-mail [email protected]

ARES Launch Airspace Warning & Restricted Areas<> • Launch Hazard Area Map


Aug. 17, 2009

USAF Launches GPS satellite, final USAF Delta II

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. - The U.S. Air Force successfully launched a United Launch Alliance Delta II booster carrying the 21st modernized NAVSTAR Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite into space today. The NAVSTAR GPS was launched at 6:35 a.m. (EDT) from Space Launch Complex 17A here.

"With this successful mission the 45 SW is accomplishing another major milestone in our national quest to improve and maintain our space capabilities," said Brig. Gen. Edward L. Bolton Jr., commander, 45 SW. "The GPS constellation has tremendous national security and economic importance and our Air Force team makes it happen. On its last Air Force mission, the Delta II once again lived up to its reputation as one of the most reliable boosters in our fleet. "

The satellite will join the constellation of on-orbit satellites providing global coverage and increased performance of the GPS services to commercial and military users worldwide.

GPS is the world's foremost space-based positioning and navigation system. Endeavors such as mapping, aerial refueling, rendezvous operations, geodetic surveying and search and rescue operations have all benefited from GPS's accuracy.

The GPS constellation provides critical situational awareness and precision weapon guidance for the military and supports a wide range of civil, scientific and commercial functions -- from air traffic control to the Internet -- with precision location and timing information. Every satellite in the constellation was launched from here.

"We have a tremendous launch team here; launching systems such as GPS is one of the many ways space operators and the 45 SW specifically contribute to ongoing combat operations overseas," said Lt. Col. Erik Bowman, commander, 45th Launch Support Squadron and 1st Space Launch Squadron. "This was the third Delta II and the second GPS satellite we've launched this year. Moreover, this launch marks the end of an era; we look at this milestone not with sadness, but with an immense sense of pride at all that the GPS and the Delta II teams have accomplished."


Aug. 17, 2009

1st Space Launch Squadron to Inactivate After Last USAF Delta II

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. - The 45th Space Wing will host an inactivation ceremony for the 1st Space Launch Squadron on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 9 a.m. (EDT) here at Hangar R.

The squadron's inactivation follows the final Air Force Delta II mission, the successful launch which carried the GPS IIR-21 satellite into orbit Monday, Aug. 17 during a spectacular dawn launch, a crowning achievement for the squadron, and a fitting end to two decades of Delta II-GPS missions.


Launches can be viewed via Webcast at: www.ulalaunch.com.


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