US Rocket Inaugurates Military Communication Satellite

James Marshall
August 9, 2019

The next ULA launch will be August 22, when they send the Air Force's latest GPS III satellite into orbit on a Delta IV rocket.

The United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint-effort commercial launch service provider set up by Boing and Lockheed Martin, succeeded in launching a U.S. Air Force communications satellite to orbit today, the fifth in a series of launches to form a constellation.

The Atlas V was utilised in its 551 configuration, the rocket's most powerful which includes a 5.4-metre fairing and 5 solid rocket boosters.

ULA's next launch from Florida is expected to be the Orbital Flight Test of the new crewed space capsule, the Boeing Starliner, in September. Northrop Grumman is the payload developer and manufacturer. Besides U.S. forces, AEHF also serves global partners including Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Every of the six AEHF satellites will present protection from a geostationary orbit, which means that they consistently "hover" over the identical place above the Earth by following together with the planet's rotation. "AEHF affords national leaders anti-jam, always-on connectivity during all levels of conflict and enables both strategic and tactical users to communicate globally across a high-speed network that delivers protected communications in any environment". Finally, nearly six hours after liftoff, the AEHF-5 was deployed safely into its designed.

Lockheed Martin designed, processed and manufactured all five on-orbit AEHF satellites at its advanced satellite manufacturing facility in Sunnyvale, California. The cubesat, which can be owned by the US navy, will separate from the rocket's higher stage earlier than AEHF-5 and can take a look at new orbital debris-tracking applied sciences, in accordance to House Information. The Air Force said the added cubesat represents its first "ride-share" for this type of national security launch.

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