Space Force Launches its 1st Mission With Virus Precautions

Space Force Launches its 1st Mission With Virus Precautions

The first official launch for the new U.S. Space Force is scheduled to lift off from Florida on Thursday afternoon with a military communications satellite aboard.

Built by Lockheed Martin, the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) family of satellites is created to provide constant, protected communications services for USA warfighters on the ground, sea and air.

The Atlas V 551 rocket was blasted into space at 20:18 UTC by the United Launch Alliance, a joint effort between Lockheed Martin and Boeing Defense based in Virginia. With the booster stationed on the launchpad, the initial countdown was called off for what was found to be a hydraulics issue relating to the an amplifier card on the pump controller.

Another pandemic effect: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's planned name change to Cape Canaveral Space Force Station is on hold. "We are proud to be your partner for this historic mission and honored to have launched the entire Lockheed Martin produced AEHF constellation on Atlas V rockets".

The high-frequency satellite will help improve military on ground, sea and air, according to the Kennedy Space Center website.

This mission launched aboard an Atlas V 551 configuration vehicle, producing more than two and a half million pounds of thrust at liftoff.

The actual satellite deployment will occur roughly five hours after liftoff, and ULA won't be airing that since they typically don't with any national defense-related missions.

Europe has halted activity at its main spaceport in French Guiana, and Rocket Lab stated on Wednesday that its following mission, set for March 30th, will not take off on time because of New Zealand's increased response to the coronavirus pandemic. "The satellite is operating as expected and is ready to undergo orbit raising and on-orbit testing for the next several months after which it will provide mission critical capabilities to our warfighters", said Col. John Dukes, senior materiel leader, SMC Production Corps' Geosynchronous Orbit Division.

It was announced as a sixth and separate branch of the USA armed forces in 2018, described as Mr Trump as "separate but equal" to the Air Force.

With more than a century of combined heritage, ULA is the world's most experienced and reliable launch service provider. "And this particular launch extends that capability out into the timeframe beyond 2030".

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