Air Force successfully launches the AFSPC-5 mission

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The Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the AFSPC-5 mission aboard the Space and Missile Systems Center procured United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., May 20, at 11:05 a.m., EST.

There were no issues reported with the launch.

“Today’s successful launch is the direct result of dedicated government (and) contractor teamwork, and (the) focus on mission success,” said Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, the SMC commander. “This marks (Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle’s) 83rd successful launch and we will continue our unwavering focus on mission success.”

This was the fourth time that the X-37B has flown on an Atlas V launch vehicle. The heart of the first stage is the common core booster which is about 106 feet in length and more than 12 feet in diameter. The common core booster can provide thrust up to 850,000 pounds at full throttle.

Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center, located at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the Air Force’s center of acquisition excellence for acquiring and developing military space systems. Its portfolio includes the Global Positioning System, military satellite communications, defense meteorological satellites, space launch and range systems, satellite control networks, space based infrared systems and space situational awareness capabilities.