USSF-8, Critical Space Surveillance Mission Launched for U.S. Space Force

By IndraStra Global News Team

Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Fla., (Jan. 21, 2022) A ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the USSF-8 mission for the U.S. Space Force lifts off from Space Launch Complex-41 at 2:00 p.m. EST on Jan. 21. Photos by United Launch Alliance
Cover Image Attribute: Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Fla., (Jan. 21, 2022) A ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the USSF-8 mission for the U.S. Space Force lifts off from Space Launch Complex-41 at 2:00 p.m. EST on Jan. 21. Photos by United Launch Alliance

On January 21, 2022, a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the USSF-8 mission for the U.S. Space Force's Space Systems Command lifted off at 2:00 p.m. EST from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. To date, ULA has launched 148 times with 100 percent mission success.

"ULA continues to launch national security assets into highly complex orbits. The USSF-8 mission was successfully delivered to near-geosynchronous orbit after a nearly 7-hour mission," said Gary Wentz, ULA vice president of Government and Commercial Programs. "We want to thank the U.S. Space Force and our mission partners for their teamwork for the successful launch and delivery to orbit."

The mission launched on an Atlas V 511 configuration rocket, that included a 5-meter short payload fairing. The Atlas booster for this mission was powered by the RD AMROSS RD-180 engine. Aerojet Rocketdyne provided the RL10C-1 engine for the Centaur upper stage and Northrop Grumman provided the Graphite Epoxy Motor (GEM) 63 solid rocket booster.

The mission carried two satellites, named GSSAP-5 and GSSAP-6, which are part of the Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP). These are the fifth and sixth satellites of the GSSAP program built by Northrop Grumman. The first two pairs of GSSAP satellites were launched in 2014 and 2016 on ULA Delta 4 medium rockets. "These next two satellites will add to that capability and enable us to understand more completely things that occur in the geosynchronous orbit. It’s a key piece in the puzzle for space domain awareness," said Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, commander of the Space Force’s Space Operations Command.

This was the 91st launch of the Atlas V rocket. ULA's next launch is the GOES-T mission for NASA, planned for Mar. 1, 2022, from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida.

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