AEHF-3 launch

The 45th Space Wing successfully launched the third Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-3) satellite onboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on September 18.

The Atlas V rocket flew in the 531 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, three solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage.

The Lockheed Martin AEHF is a joint service satellite communications system that will provide survivable, global, secure, protected, and jam-resistant communications for high-priority military ground, sea and air assets. The AEHF system is the follow-on to the Milstar system, augmenting, improving and expanding the Department of Defense’s Military Satellite Communications architecture.

Workers prepare the Air Force's third Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite for launch Sept. 12, 2013, near Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The space vehicle was encapsulated into its fairing Aug. 27, 2013, before being mated to an Atlas V rocket. Image credit: Lockheed Martin

Workers prepare the Air Force’s third Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite for launch Sept. 12, 2013, near Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The space vehicle was encapsulated into its fairing Aug. 27, 2013, before being mated to an Atlas V rocket.
Image credit: Lockheed Martin

Image credit: United Launch Alliance

 

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