5th Space Launch Squadron
Emblem of the 5th Space Launch Squadron
Active1994–1998; 2003–present
Country United States
Branch United States Space Force
TypeSpace squadron
RoleSpace launch
Part ofSpace Operations Command
Garrison/HQPatrick Space Force Base
DecorationsAir Force Outstanding Unit Award[1]
Lt Col Jae Jeon

The United States Space Force's 5th Space Launch Squadron is a space launch unit located at Patrick Space Force Base, Florida. The 5th SLS is tasked with launch and support of the National Security Space Launch, Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles.


The 5th Space Launch Squadron was activated on 14 April 1994 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida as part of the Space Launch Delta 45, previously 45th Space Wing. The squadron conducted Titan IV booster launch operations, launching classified military payloads into orbit until it was inactivated in June 1998.[1]

The squadron was reactivated on 1 December 2003, and provides launch site mission assurance for all National Security Space Launch mission and has supervised assembly, testing and launch of commercial space boosters from Cape Canaveral since then.[1]


Activated on 14 April 1994
Inactivated on 29 June 1998
Activated on 1 December 2003[1]



Launch vehicles

List of commanders

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (August 2023)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Robertson, Patsy (9 September 2008). "Factsheet 5 Space Launch Squadron (AFSPC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  2. ^ David Schill LinkedIn Profile [better source needed]


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