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An Atlas IIA Centaur (AC-118) successfully launches the DSCS III satellite B7 from Cape Canaveral on 31 July 1995. (USAF photo)
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An Atlas II Centaur (AC-112) successfully launches the Navy's UHF Follow-On satellite F4 from Cape Canaveral on 28 January 1995. (USAF photo)
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A Delta II booster successfully launches GPS II-10 from Cape Canaveral on 26 November 1990. (USAF photo)
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An IUS launches NASA's Magellan mission to Venus from the Space Shuttle on 4 May 1989. (USAF photo)
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IUS-1 enters thermal vacuum testing at Boeing's Seattle facility in May 1982. It launched NASA's TDRSS-A satellite from the Space Shuttle on 4 April 1983. (USAF photo)
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The Space Shuttle’s test orbiter Enterprise is used for a fit check at SLC-6, the almost completed STS launch facility at Vandenberg AFB, in November 1984. (USAF photo)
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A refurbished Titan II missile launches the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's NOAA 15 weather satellite from Vandenberg AFB on 13 May 1998. (USAF photo)
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Defense Meteorological Satellites

DMSP Block 5C satellite mated to Thor Burner IIA launch vehicle during addition of payload fairing at Vandenberg AFB, about 1972-1976. (USAF photo)
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NASA’s early TIROS satellite, showing cameras on flat side. TIROS was the technological ancestor of all weather satellites, including DMSP. (Photograph courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce)
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The first weather satellite was NASA’s Television Infrared Observation Satellite (TIROS) I, launched by AFBMD on 1 April 1960 using a Thor Able rocket. This photograph shows the satellite mated to the upper stage. (Photograph courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce)
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Artist’s concept of DMSP Block 5D-2 satellite in orbit. The Block 5D-2 version was launched 9 times during 1982-1997. (USAF photo)
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Artist’s concept of DMSP Block 5D-3 satellite in orbit. Launches of the Block 5D-3 version began in 1999. (USAF photo)
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Model of DMSP Block 5D-1 satellite in orbit. The Block 5D-1 version was launched 5 times during 1976-1980. (USAF photo)
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A pair of Advanced Vela satellites is stacked in launch configuration for testing about 1968. (USAF photo)
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Maj Alex Pestrichella (left) and another officer from SAMSO’s Vela program office pose with a pair of Advanced Vela satellites about 1968. (USAF photo)
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Vela satellite from first pair launched on 17 October 1963. Left to right: Dr. William J. Chalmers of TRW’s Space Technology Laboratories; Col Lonnie Q. Westmoreland, program director at Space Systems Division; and Stanley S. Strong of the Aerospace Corporation. (USAF photo)
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A pair of Advanced Vela satellites is stacked for launch on a Titan IIIC launch vehicle in May 1969. (USAF photo)
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An artist’s concept of a pair of Advanced Vela satellites being deployed in orbit about 1967-1970. (USAF photo)
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Col Lee Battle, Discoverer program director, and Capt William Johnson, Discoverer project officer, observe the ground track of a Discoverer satellite in 1961. (USAF photo)
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Launch of the highly successful Discoverer 18 mission on 7 December 1960. The film capsule was recovered in mid-air. (USAF photo)
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Technician testing a bio-medical capsule for launch on a Discoverer satellite in 1959. Most Discoverer missions carried reconnaissance payloads instead. (USAF photo)
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Members of the Weapon System 117L program gather at the Western Development Division in 1956, soon after the first Air Force space program was transferred from Wright Aeronautical Development Center. (USAF photo)
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Arrival of Discoverer XIII capsule, the first successfully recovered, at Andrews AFB on 13 August 1960. Left to right: Col “Moose” Mathison (commander of 6594th Test Wing), who brought the capsule; Maj Gen Osmond J. Ritland (commander of Air Force Ballistic Missile Division); Lt Gen Bernard A. Schriever (commander of Air Research and Development Command); and two civilian officials. (USAF photo)
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A JC-130 airplane of the 6593rd Test Squadron makes a practice catch of a parachute with a simulated film-return capsule about 1962. (USAF photo)
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