Delta IV places new eyes in the sky to track space traffic and debris

Early this morning, a Delta IV rocket blasted off, placing the next two Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites into geosynchronous transfer orbit.  These payloads, built by Orbital ATK for the USAF, will augment ground radar tracking allowing better prediction of collisions between objects in orbit.  As Near Earth Orbit grows increasingly crowded, this will only become more important as time goes on.  Here’s the full capture of the United Launch Alliance livestream; skip ahead to 25 minutes for the actual launch:


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