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SSgt Frances Hopfer, security forces handler, and her military working dog, Digo, conduct final safety checks of the marina at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 9, 2017. The marina was secured after the 45th Space Wing entered hurricane condition levels for Hurricane Irma. PATRICK AFB, CCAFS, JDMTA ENTERS HURRICANE CONDITION II
Team, I have declared Hurricane Condition II (HURCON II) as of 9:00 p.m. today. As we enter HURCON II, we continue to monitor Hurricane Irma's progress. HURCON II indicates surface winds in excess of 58 mph could arrive in the area of the base within 24 hours. It is imperative you continue taking care of each other and yourselves.
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Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing commander, participates in a Cape Canaveral Air Force Station bike tour, emphasizing that fitness and a healthy lifestyle are essential to being a well-rounded Airman March 30, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Phil Sunkel) Pedals in motion

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The Autonomous Flight Safety System first flew from the Eastern Range on SpaceX's Falcon 9 CRS-10 Feb. 19, 2017. The use of AFSS reduces range space lift costs through reductions in range equipment maintenance and upgrades. (Courtesy photo by SpaceX) Air Force Eastern Range innovates, expedites access to space
The U.S. Air Force has been breaking barriers since 1947, and this year is no exception with the implementation of the Autonomous Flight Safety System. The Eastern Range has supported more than 3,500 launches to date. With more stakeholders demanding access to space, both the Eastern and the Western Ranges were faced with developing innovative solutions to launch rockets without compromising public safety while accounting for aging infrastructure and recognizing that the wing has fewer resources and personnel accomplishing comparable and greater launch rates than before. AFSS provides the capability to not only reduce reliance on aging range infrastructure, but enhances the ability to support more launches by expediting range turnaround times with more stringent safety standards and fewer people on console while reducing overall launch costs.
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