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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 51 payloads, including CubeSats, MicroSats, hosted payloads, and orbital transfer vehicles carrying spacecraft to be deployed at a later time, launches 14 April 2023 from Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif. In conjunction with this launch, Combined Force Space Component Command and 18th Space Defense Squadron conducted Global Sentinel Real World Event 23-02 with nine partner nations: Colombia, Japan, Germany, France, Spain, Thailand, Greece, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. The event focused on Space Domain Awareness and improving tactics, techniques, and procedures with our international partner nations while tracking the SpaceX Transporter 7 launch and subsequent payload deployment. The Transporter 7 mission is very complex, consisting of dozens of small microsatellites and nanosatellites, which provides an optimal opportunity for participating nations to practice tracking and cataloguing objects in space. CFSCC utilizes Global Sentinel RWEs as a critical pillar to maintaining a secure, safe, and sustainable space environment by strengthening relationships with allies and partners. (photo courtesy of SpaceX)
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