Delta IV rocket vaults off launch pad to orbit

July 29, 2014 8:23 AM

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Delta IV rocket vaults off launch pad to orbit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A pair of owl-eyed military satellites took flight Monday to a high orbit where they'll hunt for threats to fellow national security spacecraft.

Air Force officials say they are increasingly concerned an enemy "cheap shot" could take out a critical military or commercial satellite in the area 22,300 miles above the equator called geosynchronous Earth orbit, or GEO.

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