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STPSat-5 Successfully Launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base aboard Spaceflight’s SSO-A SmallSat Express dedicated rideshare mission

STPSAT-5 launch

Space Test Program Satellite 5 (STPSat-5) launches aboard Spaceflight Industries’ commercial smallsat rideshare mission, Dec. 3. The Falcon 9 lifted off from Space Launch Complex 4E on Vandenberg AFB, California at 10:34 PST. (Photos courtesy of SpaceX)

STPSAT-5 launch

Space Test Program Satellite 5 (STPSat-5) launches aboard Spaceflight Industries’ commercial smallsat rideshare mission, Dec. 3. The Falcon 9 lifted off from Space Launch Complex 4E on Vandenberg AFB, California at 10:34 PST. (Photos courtesy of SpaceX)

STPSAT-5 launch

Space Test Program Satellite 5 (STPSat-5) launches aboard Spaceflight Industries’ commercial smallsat rideshare mission, Dec. 3. The Falcon 9 lifted off from Space Launch Complex 4E on Vandenberg AFB, California at 10:34 PST. (Photos courtesy of SpaceX)

STPSAT-5 launch

Space Test Program Satellite 5 (STPSat-5) launches aboard Spaceflight Industries’ commercial smallsat rideshare mission, Dec. 3. The Falcon 9 lifted off from Space Launch Complex 4E on Vandenberg AFB, California at 10:34 PST. (Photos courtesy of SpaceX)

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, El Segundo, Calif. --

The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched Space Test Program Satellite 5 (STPSat-5) into orbit via Spaceflight Industries’ fully dedicated smallsat rideshare mission aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle on Dec. 3 from Space Launch Complex 4E, Vandenberg AFB, California, at 10:34 a.m. PST.

“I’m elated with today’s successful launch,” said Col. Timothy Sejba, director of the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Advanced Systems and Development Directorate. “STPSat-5 demonstrates the value of commercially-procured mission management and launch services for the Air Force. It also highlights the benefit of forging new partnerships with commercial space companies under SMC 2.0. This mission would not be possible without the combined dedication of our government and industry partners, including NASA, Spaceflight Industries, and Sierra Nevada Corporation. We look forward to evaluating STPSat-5’s performance on-orbit over the next year.”

Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center, located at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the U.S. Air Force's center of acquisition excellence for acquiring and developing military space systems. Its portfolio includes the development of advanced space and launch capability and systems, global positioning systems, military satellite communications, defense meteorological satellites, space launch and range systems, satellite control networks, space-based infrared systems, and space situational awareness capabilities.

Media representatives who would like to submit questions or interview a subject matter expert about the STP satellite program should send an e-mail to smcpa.media@us.af.mil.