United Alliance Delta IV Rocket Launched; Is There a Potential Threat?

First Posted: Aug 23, 2016 05:51 AM EDT

Friday, 12:52 a.m. United Alliance Delta IV rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The two new satellites will monitor around the equator 22,000 miles up. Its purpose is to watch over for potential "space mine."

Delta IV is an expandable launch system, that was designed by Boeing's Defense , Space and  Security Divison and was built at United Launch Alliance facility. This is the Second time that they have launched two satellites to outer-space. The two first satellites were launched in 2014 and perform well as per source. It is a military defense in case of space-mine.

As reported by Space Flight Now, Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, Space and Missile Systems Center commander and Air Force program executive officer for space said, "The first two Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program or GSSAP satellites have performed remarkably well. These next two satellites will add to that capability and enable us to understand more completely things what occurs in the geosynchronous orbit to a very high quality. It's a key piece of the puzzle for space situational awareness."

The spacecraft is also used to help check and diagnose problems of the U.S. satellites. They can also record what's happening above and below the geosynchronous equatorial orbit (GEO), and capture everything flying in there.

Reports have been passed regarding potential threat on the satellites. These satellites are so brittle that simple speck can ruin it. It will affect mass communication and global positioning system.  A spokeswoman for the Air Force Space Command, Lt. Sarah Burnett sends an email to Florida Today stating "Some countries have clearly signaled their intent and ability to conduct hostile operations in space as an extension of the terrestrial battlefield. The U.S. is not seeking to weaponize space. Our goal is to work with all responsible space-faring nations to ensure a safe, secure, sustainable, and stable space environment."

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