US military launches communication satellites: support for high priority operations

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 US military launches communication satellites: support for high priority operations


Reported that the United States Joint Launch Alliance Corporation (ULA) spacecraft Universe God-5 launched the Advanced Very High Frequency-4 (AEHF-4) satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base at 12:15 a.m. EDT. According to the Air Force mission description, the AEHF-4 is an advanced anti-jamming and nuclear-reinforced satellite designed to provide highly viable, global, secure, protected and anti-jamming communications for high-priority military forces.

The US military communications satellite.

After a smooth lift-off, the Cosmos-5 rocket carrying the AEHF-4 launched the satellite into its initial orbit with five bundled boosters. If all goes well, the rocket will deploy AEHF-4 in final geosynchronous orbit about 22,300 miles (35,888 kilometers) from Earth about three and a half hours after launch.

Major Matthew Gertz of the Air Force Space and Missile Center in Los Angeles commented after the launch of AEHF-4: The mission of AEHF is to provide high-priority ground, sea and air communications protection for the military. It also enables the President of the United States and commanders of operations to control tactical and strategic forces at all levels of war and at all stages of conflict.

The AEHF-4, made by Lockheed Martin, is a $1.8 billion communications satellite designed to help replace the aging US military satellite system. As its name suggests, AEHF-4 is the fourth satellite in the series. In 2010, the United States launched its first AEHF satellite.

Goetz said: the AEHF-4 we just launched on the ground will be part of the overall deployment of the AEHF system. He also said that AEHF-5 is currently scheduled to launch in July 2019. The US Department of defense has several partners in the AEHF project. They include the British, Holland and Canadian military. Goetz also said U.S. officials are also negotiating with Australias defense ministry on potential partnerships. Today, the launch of AEHF-4 is the 131st launch of ULA and the fiftieth launch of the US air force. The next task of ULA will be to launch a secret spy satellite NROL-71 for the US National Reconnaissance agency. The mission will be launched later this year at vanderfield Air Force Base in California. (compile / Wu Mei) this article source: Reference News Net editor: Zou yuan _NBJS7274

Goetz said: the AEHF-4 we just launched on the ground will be part of the overall deployment of the AEHF system. He also said that AEHF-5 is currently scheduled to launch in July 2019.

Today, the launch of AEHF-4 is the 131st launch of ULA and the fiftieth launch of the US air force. The next task of ULA will be to launch a secret spy satellite NROL-71 for the US National Reconnaissance agency.

The mission will be launched later this year at vanderfield Air Force Base in California. (compile / Wu Mei)