Defending the high frontier
The U.S Space Force (USSF) was created in December 2019 as the sixth branch of the armed forces alongside the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. Developed to protect U.S. and allied interests in space, USSF organizes, trains, and equips space forces to maintain, defend, and expand the U.S. fleet of advanced military satellites that form the backbone of U.S. global military operations.
The newly redesignated Space Launch Delta 45—previously known as the 45th Space Wing—was activated in 1991 and has since supported nearly 800 military, civil, and commercial space launches. As one of two space launch wings for the USSF, the Space Launch Delta 45 provides support for NASA, the Air Force’s Technical Applications Center and 920th Rescue Wing, and the Naval Ordnance Test Unit. Taken as a whole, these organizations are ultimately responsible for U.S. national interests in space exploration, strategic defense, and deterrence missions.