Reserve Citizen Airmen support successful SpaceX rocket launch
By Senior Airman Cali Elliott, 920th Rescue Wing Public Affairs
/ Published July 24, 2018
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --
Reserve Citizen Airmen get the job done every day, whether it’s on the ground, in the air, at sea, or in this case—in space.
On Sunday, July 22, 2018, SpaceX, a commercial leader in aerospace, successfully launched the Telstar 19 VANTAGE satellite from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
By launching this rocket, it provided an expanded broadband width to a variety of places, connecting and improving network performance worldwide, according to a SpaceX news release.
The 920th Rescue Wing assisted in the mission by sending out an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter crew to clear the Eastern Range underneath the rocket trajectory.
“We went up an hour before the launch to ensure the coastline beneath the rocket’s path was clear,” said 1st Lt. Andrew Deck, HH-60G pilot. “It’s always great to experience another successful launch and be able to support the mission.”
According to Deck, the 920th RQW is responsible for securing the Range by ensuring no mariners are in harm's way when the rocket lifts off, in case of an emergency.
According to SpaceX, the satellite is the latest in a new generation of Telesat satellites that are optimized to serve the types of bandwidth intensive applications increasingly in demand by users worldwide.
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