Citizen Airmen support SpaceX rocket launch, enjoy view
920th Rescue Wing Public Affairs
/ Published July 07, 2017
Team rescue was out in full force over the 4th of July holiday weekend flying range clearing support for several SpaceX attempts to launch a Falcon 9 rocket.
Finally, on its third attempt, SpaceX successfully lifted off from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday, July 5, at 7:38 p.m. EDT.
“It was a clear night. Not a lot of boat traffic on the water,” said Maj. Jay Goetz, 301st Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pave Hawk pilot and Director of Current Operations, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. “We went up and cleared the range.”
The rocket delivered Intelsat 35e, a commercial communications satellite, to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit.
Goetz described his view while airborne in an HH-60 just north of pad 39B as, “The best seat in the house.”
Rescue Wing Airmen serve to clear the Eastern Range during a majority of Space Coast rocket launches.
The satellite was deployed approximately 32 minutes after launch and the customer has confirmed signal acquisition.