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According to (https://www.kesq.com/news/delta-iv-heavy-rocket-delayed-at-least-until-december-30/942828184) KESQ , this has caused frustration among southern California residents who were looking forward to the aerial light show that evening launch's from VAFB's Space Launch Complex-6 will create.
Under the lead of Thales Alenia Space (Iridium NEXT System Prime Contractor), the satellites were shipped in pairs from the Orbital ATK Satellite Manufacturing Facility in Gilbert, Arizona to VAFB. The satellites were delivered in specially designed motion and temperature-controlled containers designed to maintain optimal environmental conditions.
The capitalisation of the company is not expected to improve significantly as a result of this transaction; however, the ratings could be favourably affected by the financial strength of VAFB and its intention to put in place an intercompany pooling agreement between VAFB and the company, AM Best added.
"This move to VAFB begins the final sequence of ground processing for the IBEX mission," said Greg Frazier, IBEX Mission Manager.
Much of VAFB sits on beach soil and generally soft ground.
Greenpeace and the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space (GNAWNPS) joined forces to protest VAFB's role as the launch site for the proposed $60 billion US Missile Defense Shield.
His previous position was at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) as the project director for the VAFB telescope.
More growth is anticipated with plans for commercial space launches and potential reassignment of operations from closed military bases to VAFB.