What Do SBIRS-GEO-3, Gemini VII and Bumper 7 All Have in Common?

An Atlas V rocket, flying in the 411 configuration lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Friday, January 19, 2018. The logo on the fairing clearly said SBIRS-GEO-4, but the satellite inside the fairing was the third Space-Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (SBIRS-GEO-3) satellite off the production line. This isn’t the first time that a mission launched out of sequence. Gemini-7 launched before Gemini-6. Bumper-8 launched before Bumper-7. And now, the 4th SBIRS-GEO launched one year before the third SBIRS-GEO.

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USO Brings Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band to Entertain 45th Space Wing

Actor Gary Sinise brought his 13-member Lt. Dan Band to the King Center in Melbourne on Friday to entertain service members from Patrick Air Force Base. Before the 7:30 PM show, Colonel Walter Jackim recapped the past several weeks: “We had air rescue crews helping people in Texas after Hurricane Harvey. We launched and landed the SpaceX Orbital Test Vehicle Mission. We dealt with Hurricane Irma’s affects in Florida, and we’ve been monitoring the nuclear detonations in North Korea. The saying is “Work Hard, Play Harder” and I can think of no one better to help us play harder than Gary Sinise”.

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