USAF 45th Space Wing supports SpaceX


Special to Senior life

The U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing supported the successful SpaceX Falcon 9 launch from Launch Complex 40 in May. 

The rocket was carrying the JCSAT-14, a communications satellite designed and manufactured by Space Systems/Loral for SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation based in Tokyo, Japan. The satellite is designed to provide TV programming and broadband services in Japan, Asia, Oceania, Russia and the Pacific region for at least 15 years, replacing an older satellite called JCSAT-2A. 

This is the eighth major launch operation for the Eastern Range this year. A combined team of military, government civilians and contractors from across the 45th Space Wing provided support to the mission, including weather forecasts, launch and range operations, security, safety and public affairs. The wing also provided its vast network of radar, telemetry and communications instrumentation to facilitate a safe launch on the Eastern Range.