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6. USSF / Patrick Space Force Base

Last modified: 21 Mar 2021

Country: United States    Region: Florida

Latitude: 28° 13' 59" N     Longitude: -81° 24' 0" E

Area use / Military Branches: ACTIVE


28°14'22"N 80°36'27"W Patrick Space Force Base, FL
- US Space Force / 45th Space Wing. The wing is organised in a Launch; an Operations; a Mission Support and a Medical Group
45th Space Wing has many mission partners and tenants at Patrick SFB and Cape Canaveral SFS,

Historical info: All started in the late 1940's in what’s now known as the Eastern Range.
In 1950, the Air Force's long-range proving ground base in Cocoa Beach, Fla., was named Patrick Air Force Base in honor of the late Maj. Gen. Mason M. Patrick and permanent launch complexes were built in the 1950s and 1960s on the range. First launched in 1959, the Titan family of boosters served for nearly 50 years putting satellites and astronauts into orbit.
Titan III vehicles performed well and were used during the 1980s as a backup and alternative to the manned Space Shuttle. The Titan IVB, which flew from 1997 to 2005 with 17 successful launches, was the Air Force’s largest and most powerful expendable single-use rocket. It was a space launch vehicle used to place satellites into orbit. Titan IVB rockets boosted payloads into low earth orbit, polar orbit, or geosynchronous (stationary) orbit from either Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. or Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
In 1979, Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station were consolidated under the Eastern Space and Missile Center (ESMC) to assume responsibility over all activities at the range and In the 1980s, Air Force Space Command was formed.
In 1990, the Eastern Space and Missile Center and control of all operational space lift vehicles was transferred from Air Force Systems Command to Air Force Space Command and 45th Space Wing activated in 1991,

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