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Watch ULA’s first dedicated rocket launch for the U.S. Space Force live

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) has a mission immediately, launching a specialised safe communications satellite tv for pc for the U.S. Space Force. That’s the brand new space-focused arm of the U.S. navy that was formally shaped final yr, in response to what the administration has characterised as a rising want to make sure America’s belongings in house are correctly defended.

The launch immediately is about to take off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, with a lift-off time set for two:57 PM EDT (11:57 AM PDT). The rocket carrying the satellite tv for pc is an Atlas V, and the mission seems good to proceed as of Thursday morning by way of each climate and methods checks.

This is the sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite tv for pc being launched for the navy, however the earlier 5 have all been deployed underneath the U.S. Air Force as a result of the Space Force solely got here into existence formally final yr. The first 5 satellites have been launched between 2010 and 2019, and collectively, all six will kind a constellation that gives safe communications capabilities for navy operations throughout air, land and sea.

This would be the 83rd launch of an Atlas V rocket, and the 11th on this explicit configuration. The ULA, a three way partnership shaped by Boeing and Lockheed Martin, at the moment has a 100 % mission success charge, with a complete of 133 launches underneath its belt.


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