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ULA’s Atlas 5 rocket launches AEHF-6 satellite on Space Force’s first official orbital mission

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United Launch Alliance’s Atlas 5 rocket launches the AEHF-6 army communications satellite tv for pc from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. (ULA by way of YouTube)

The first satellite tv for pc mission carried out below the title of the U.S. Space Force obtained underway immediately with the launch of the AEHF-6 army communications satellite tv for pc atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket.

  • Liftoff happened from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 4:18 p.m. ET (1:18 p.m. PT), after a delay of greater than an hour that was attributable to an issue with a hydraulics system. More than 5 hours after launch, the Atlas 5’s Centaur higher stage deployed the satellite tv for pc into its meant orbit. Along the best way, the rocket launched a small secondary payload referred to as TDO-2.
  • AEHF-6 is the sixth and final satellite tv for pc for the U.S. army’s Advanced Extremely High Frequency constellation, which gives safe communications for warfighters on land, air and sea. It’s taken 10 years to construct out the community of Lockheed Martin-built spacecraft.
  • This Atlas 5 was the primary rocket to brandish the Space Force emblem as a substitute of Air Force insignia. The Space Force was established final December, and administration of space-related belongings is shifting to the brand new army department. The official renaming of Cape Canaveral’s launch facility as a “Space Force Station” has been postponed, nevertheless, because of the coronavirus outbreak.
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Update for 8:20 p.m. PT March 26: This report has been up to date to notice the profitable satellite tv for pc deployment.

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