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A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket launched the USSF-8 mission for the U.S. Space Force’s Space Systems Command at 2:00 p.m. on 21 January 2022 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

USSF-8 will launch two identical Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites—GSSAP-5 and GSSAP-6—directly to a near-geosynchronous orbit approximately 22,300 miles (36,000 km) above the equator. Data from the GSSAP will uniquely contribute to timely and accurate orbital predictions, enhancing our knowledge of the GEO environment and further enabling space flight safety including satellite collision avoidance.

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