A United Launch Alliance Atlas V military's Advanced Extremely High Frequency 4 communications satellite moves to the launchpad ahead of on Oct. 1
Credit: United Launch Alliance
An Atlas V rocket will light up the midnight sky over Florida early Wednesday (Oct. 17) to launch a new high-tech military satellite into orbit, and you can watch the liftoff live online
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V is scheduled to launch the new satellite – called the Advanced Extremely High Frequency 4 spacecraft, or AEHF-4 – is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 12:15 am EDT (0415 GMT). You can watch a live webcast here, courtesy of ULA, beginning at 11:55 p.m. EDT (0355 GMT).
Built by Lockheed Martin, AEHF-4 is the fourth in a series of high-powered military communications designed to "provide survivable, global, secure, and jam-resistant communications for high- priority military ground, sea, and air assets, "according to a US Air Force description. The satellite reportedly cost about $ 1.8 billion, according to SpaceNews.
"This satellite will complete a worldwide coverage of AEHF satellites to deliver global extended data rate (XDR) coverage for the US Air Force and for the partner nations – Canada, Lockheed Martin is building. The first AEHF satellite launched in 2010. Lockheed Martin is building Six satellites in all for the US military. The new AEHF satellites are replacing the military's aging Milstar constellation. Milston satellites, Lockheed Martin have said.
"It's an important asset for the thief and wants to be employed for years to come," Lt. Gene. [Seealso:JohnThompsonoftheUnitedStatesSpaceandMissileSystemsCenterinLosAngelessaid:AEHF-4 in a statement
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