1st Space Launch Squadron

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1st Space Launch Squadron
1st Space Launch Squadron.PNG
1st Space Launch Squadron emblem
Active 1991-2009
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Squadron
Role Space launch
Part of 45th Space Wing/AFSPC
Garrison/HQ Patrick AFB, Florida

The United States Air Force's 1st Space Launch Squadron (1 SLS)[1] was a space launch unit located at Patrick AFB, Florida. It was responsible for USAF Delta II launches from its activation in October 1990 to its inactivation in August 2009.

History[edit]

Air Force launch operations were transferred from Air Force Systems Command to Air Force Space Command in the early 1990s. Phase I of the Launch Transfer Plan began on 1 October 1990, with the elimination of the Eastern and Western Space and Missile Centers, and the creation of the 30th Space Wing and the 45th Space Wing.[2]

The 1st SLS was activated on 1 October 1990 and became Air Force Space Command's first Delta II launch squadron.[3] It was inactivated on 18 August 2009, following the final USAF launch of a Delta II which had occurred the previous day. Its final launch successfully placed the USA-206, or GPS IIR-21(M) navigation satellite into orbit.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rogers, B. (2006). United States Air Force Unit Designations Since 1978. ISBN 1-85780-197-0
  2. ^ The Cape: Military Space Operations 1971-1992
  3. ^ World Airpower Journal. (1992). US Air Force Air Power Directory. Aerospace Publishing: London, UK. ISBN 1-880588-01-3
  4. ^ Ray, Justin (2009-08-17). "Bittersweet launch ends several chapters of history". Spaceflight Now. Archived from the original on 15 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 

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