Published: Fri, August 09, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Military satellite set for pre-dawn launch on Thursday in Florida

Military satellite set for pre-dawn launch on Thursday in Florida

The fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite was successfully launched into orbit August 8.

Two issues with the rocket were investigated in the minutes before launch, pushing back the initial liftoff time by almost half an hour.

Atlas V is one of two rockets operated by United Launch Alliance, formed in 2006 as a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing under the Air Force's National Security Space Launch program.

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.

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Today's launch was delayed twice over the last several weeks.

ULA said the rocket launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station launch area at 6.13 am. The 551 rocket has launched groundbreaking missions for our nation-from the critically important MUOS constellation to historic science missions including New Horizons, the first mission to Pluto and the Juno mission to Jupiter. The CubeSat separated from the rocket's upper stage.

Florida's Space Coast shook with an early morning liftoff Thursday as the U.S. Air Force launched the fifth satellite in a new communications network. ULA has successfully delivered more than 130 satellites to orbit that aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather, unlock the mysteries of our solar system, provide critical capabilities for troops in the field and enable personal device-based GPS navigation.

The $1.1 billion satellite launched Thursday marked ULA's 74th mission for the USA defense department and the fifth secure communications spacecraft for the Air Force's new constellation that will serve military-grade ground, sea and air communications for the US troops, Canada, Britain, Australia, and the Netherlands.

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