1st Space Launch Squadron
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
RoleSpace launch
Part ofAir Force Space Command
DecorationsAir Force Outstanding Unit Award[1]
1st Space Launch Squadron emblem (approved 1 July 1992)[1]

The United States Air Force's 1st Space Launch Squadron was a space launch unit located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. It was responsible for USAF Delta II launches from its activation in October 1990 to its inactivation in August 2009.[2]


Air Force launch operations were transferred from Air Force Systems Command to Air Force Space Command in the early 1990s. Phase I of the Launch Transfer Plan began on 1 October 1990, with the redesignation of the Eastern and Western Space and Missile Centers, as the 30th and 45th Space Wings.[3]

The 1st Space Launch Squadron was activated on 1 October 1990 and became Air Force Space Command's first Delta II launch squadron.[4] Its final launch of a Delta II was on 17 August 2009. Its final launch successfully placed the USA-206, or GPS IIR-21(M) navigation satellite into orbit.[5] The squadron was inactivated on 30 September.[6]


Activated on 1 October 1990[1]
Inactivated on 30 September 2009[6]



Space Launch Vehicles



Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency

  1. ^ a b c d e f Robertson, Patsy (9 September 2008). "Factsheet 1 Space Launch Squadron (AFSPC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  2. ^ "No. 1: With the record to prove it". Air Force Space Command. Retrieved 20 November 2022.
  3. ^ Cleary, Mark C. "The Cape: Military Space Operations 1971-1992". 45th Space Wing History Office. Archived from the original on 27 June 2004. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  4. ^ World Airpower Journal. (1992). US Air Force Air Power Directory. Aerospace Publishing: London, UK. ISBN 1-880588-01-3
  5. ^ Ray, Justin (17 August 2009). "Bittersweet launch ends several chapters of history". Spaceflight Now. Archived from the original on 15 September 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2009.
  6. ^ a b c d e Research Division, Air Force Historical Research Agency, Air Force Organization Change Status Report, September 2009, Maxwell AFB, AL