5th Space Launch Squadron

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5th Space Launch Squadron
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael Claus, of the 5th Space Launch Squadron at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., shows Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy the underside of an Atlas V rocket on the launch pad 090821-F-PF798-110.jpg
A 5th Space Launch Squadron airman shows the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force an Atlas V rocket on the launch pad
Active1994–1998; 2003–present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
RoleSpace Launch
Part ofAir Force Space Command
Garrison/HQPatrick Air Force Base
DecorationsAir Force Outstanding Unit Award[1]
5th Space Launch Squadron emblem (approved 3 January 1995)[1]5th Space Launch Squadron.jpg

The United States Air Force's 5th Space Launch Squadron is a space launch unit located at Patrick AFB, Florida. The 5th SLS is tasked with launch and support of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles.


The 5th Space Launch Squadron was activated on 14 April 1994 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida as part of the 45th Space Wing. The squadron conducted Titan IV booster launch operations, launching classified military payloads into orbit until it was inactivated in June 1998.[1]

The squadron was on 1 December 2003, and has supervised launched of commercial space boosters from Cape Canaveral since then.[1]


  • Constituted as the 5th Space Launch Squadron on 29 March 1994
Activated on 14 April 1994
Inactivated on 29 June 1998
Activated on 1 December 2003[1]



  • Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, 14 April 1994 – 29 June 1998
  • Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, 1 December 2003 – present[1]

Launch vehicles[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Robertson, Patsy (9 September 2008). "Factsheet 5 Space Launch Squadron (AFSPC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved 11 August 2018.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.