release from the 45th Space Wing at nearby Patrick Air Force
Base. "What a thrill for Team Patrick-Cape to play a significant role in
the launch of this vitally important mission, and we are so very proud to do
so," said Brig.
Gen. Nina Armagno, 45th SW commander and launch decision authority for
the mission. Unfavorable weather and
other factors had delayed
the launch for almost a
week. GSSAP satellites will operate in near-geosynchronous orbit as
dedicated space-surveillance sensors to monitor man-made
orbiting objects. Airmen with the 1st Space Operations Squadron at Schriever AFB,
Colo., will oversee the two satellites’ day-to-day operations. The Delta IV
also carried an Air Force Research Lab experimental satellite known as ANGELS
aloft. It will test techniques and technologies for space situational
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