45th Space Wing successfully launches Falcon 9 ABS/Eutelsat-2

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The U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing supported the successful SpaceX Falcon 9 ABS/Eutelsat-2 launch June 15, 2016, at 10:29 a.m. ET from Launch Complex 40 here.

The Falcon 9 rocket is carrying the Eutelsat 117 West B and ABS 2A communications satellites. Eutelsat 117 West B will provide Latin America with video, data, government and mobile services for Paris-based Eutelsat. ABS 2A will distribute direct-to-home television, mobile and maritime communications services across Russia, India, the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean region for Asia Broadcast Satellite of Bermuda and Hong Kong.

This is the 11th major launch operation for the Eastern Range this year. A combined team of military, government civilians and contractors from across the 45th Space Wing supported the mission with weather forecasts, launch and range operations, security, safety and public affairs.  The wing also provided its vast network of radar, telemetry and communications instrumentation to facilitate a safe launch on the Eastern Range.

“I am proud of the entire professional team here on the Space Coast who worked together flawlessly to make this mission a success,” said Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing commander and mission Launch Decision Authority. “Congratulations to SpaceX.  Assured access to space is a challenging endeavor and today's launch once again clearly demonstrates the collaborative efforts required for mission success.  The 45th Space Wing team continues to shape the future of America's space operations and serve as the ‘World’s Premier Gateway to Space.’”