release. "After 22 years, we bid farewell to this wideband communications workhorse," he said. "As with many Department of Defense satellites, DSCS B12 served the joint warfighter well beyond its 10-year projected lifespan," he added. Launched into orbit in July 1992, the satellite operated from its perch in geosynchronous orbit more than 22,000 miles above the Earth over the western Pacific region, according to the release. In preparation for its retirement, 3rd SOPS airmen in June maneuvered B12 into a super synchronous orbit another 417 miles farther out. (See also
Surefooted Satellite Turns 20.)
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