30th Launch Group (LCG)

30th Launch Group (LCG)

Mission

The 30th Launch Group processes, tests and launches boosters and satellites. It provides mission assurance, protects critical launch resources, performs launch operations, oversees mission integration, and develops future launch leaders. The group's acknowledged spacelift experts are shaping the future of responsive launch operations through seamless partnership with launch and satellite program offices.

The 1st Air and Space Test Squadron has more than 30 years of experience as a test and launch organization for missile weapons systems and space launch vehicles. Having roots in numerous test organizations (the 6595th Missile Test Group, the Test Integration and Launch Division within the Space & Missile Systems Center, SMC Detachment 9, and now the 30th Launch Group), the 1st ASTS is the only full-service Air Force organization capable of launch and integration of numerous launch vehicles. Missions include: Minotaur I, Minotaur IV, Target Launch Vehicles and Pegasus.

The 4th Space Launch Squadron (4 SLS) was activated 1 December 2003 to lead the Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program on the west coast. The squadron's Delta IV and Atlas V launch vehicles provide the nation's sole medium/heavy lift capability to polar orbit. Insight into EELV operations enables the squadron's essential mission of providing continuous risk assessment and mission assurance for the 30th Space Wing and the Space and Missile Systems Center. The 4 SLS is a blended organization comprised of military, government civilians, and contractors working together to bring a vision to life... 100% mission success; one team of professional experts leading spacelift for our warfighters.