IBTimes: Delta IV Launch: 2 Military Space Surveillance Satellites Put In OrbitBeautiful capture of @ulalaunch #DeltaIV carrying #AFSPC6 by our photographer @johnkrausphotos 🚀 pic.twitter.com/encuo0xboo— AmericaSpace (@AmericaSpace) August 19, 2016
The United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Delta IV rocket successfully launched two military space surveillance satellites into orbit early Friday. The rocket came to life at 12:52 a.m. EDT lifting off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
The two satellites are part of the military’s Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP). The satellites will monitor objects in the geosynchronous orbit keeping an eye out for any object that might threaten the American satellites in the belt. A total of four such satellites, including the two that took off Friday, have been launched so far.
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