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Here's how to watch an Atlas V rocket launch a US military satellite early Thursday



A United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket will launch a military communications satellite along with an experimental cube on early Thursday morning (August 8), and you can follow the mission live online.

The rocket is set to take off from the Space Launch Complex-41 of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida during a two-hour launch window that opens at 5:44 am GMT (0944 GMT). A webcast of the launch will begin at 5:24 am CEST (0924 GMT), and you can follow it live on here on Space.com courtesy of the United Launch Alliance.

The main payload of this mission is the US Air Force's fifth Advanced Advanced High Frequency (AEHF-5) satellite. The AEHF constellation, built by Lockheed Martin, will ultimately consist of six satellites that will enable global and secure communication for strategic command and tactical combat aircraft on the ground, in the air, and at sea. the mission.

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The Atlas V rocket launching the AEHF-5 satellite rolls to the launch site of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

(Photo credits: ULA)

Each of the six AEHF satellites launch coverage from a geostationary orbit, meaning that they are constantly "hovering" above the earth at the same position, following the rotation of the planet. They will replace the aging Milstar constellation of the military.

A secondary payload ̵

1; a small cube – will boost a rail journey with AEHF-5. The Cubesat, also a member of the US military, will break away from the upper stage of the rocket ahead of AEHF-5 and test new orbital debris tracking technologies, according to Space News.

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