5th Space Launch Squadron


The United States Space Force's 5th Space Launch Squadron is a space launch unit located at Patrick Space Force Base, Florida. The 5th SLS is tasked with launch and support of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles.

5th Space Launch Squadron
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Emblem of the 5th Space Launch Squadron
Active1994–1998; 2003–present
Country United States
Branch United States Space Force
TypeSpace squadron
RoleSpace launch
Part ofSpace Operations Command
Garrison/HQPatrick Space Force Base
DecorationsAir Force Outstanding Unit Award[1]


The 5th Space Launch Squadron was activated on 14 April 1994 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida as part of the 45th Space Wing. The squadron conducted Titan IV booster launch operations, launching classified military payloads into orbit until it was inactivated in June 1998.[1]

The squadron was reactivated on 1 December 2003, and has supervised launched of commercial space boosters from Cape Canaveral since then.[1]


  • Constituted as the 5th Space Launch Squadron on 29 March 1994
Activated on 14 April 1994
Inactivated on 29 June 1998
Activated on 1 December 2003[1]



  • Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, 14 April 1994 – 29 June 1998
  • Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, 1 December 2003 – present[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g Robertson, Patsy (9 September 2008). "Factsheet 5 Space Launch Squadron (AFSPC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved 11 August 2018.


  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website https://www.afhra.af.mil/.