US Space Force launches satellite after glitch

US Space Force launches satellite after glitch

US Space Force launches satellite after glitch

The U.S. Space Force will be launching the sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-6) Satellite aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral tonight at 12:27 am IST.

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) has completed its 134th successful launch, continuing its flawless track record with a mission today for the U.S. Space Force.

Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor for the $15 billion AEHF network, which is a follow-on to the U.S. Air Force's Milstar communications constellation. "It's the very first launch for the US Space Force".

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It's not just personnel affected by the coronavirus - Cape Canaveral Air Force Station was due to be renamed Cape Canaveral Space Force Station - but that is delayed. The Space Force was established last December, and management of space-related assets is shifting to the new military branch.

This will be the 83rd launch of an Atlas V rocket, and the 11th in this particular configuration. The most powerful in the Atlas V fleet, the Atlas V 551 includes a 5-meter Payload Fairing (PLF) and stands at 197 ft. tall. Aerojet Rocketdyne provided the five AJ-60A solid rocket boosters (SRBs) and RL10C-1 engine for the Centaur upper stage. After these critical events, SMC will be ready to transfer Satellite Control Authority of AEHF-6 to Space Operations Command, which is expected to occur in six to eight months after launch.

"It is a really, really important launch", he said. "The satellite is operating as expected and is ready to undergo orbit raising and on-orbit testing for the next several months after which it will provide mission critical capabilities to our warfighters", said Col. John Dukes, senior materiel leader, SMC Production Corps' Geosynchronous Orbit Division. ULA has successfully launched more than 135 missions to orbit that provide Earth observation capabilities, enable global communications, unlock the mysteries of our solar system, and support life-saving technology.

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