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Atlas 5 Launches Military Comms Sat

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 01:01 PM

Secure communications satellite launched by Atlas 5


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A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket raced away from its launch pad in the Florida wetlands early Wednesday, streaking into a moonlit predawn sky and deploying an ultra-secure, jam-resistant communications satellite in orbit for the U.S. Air Force.

The 13,600-pound satellite, built by Lockheed Martin Corp., rode to space inside the bulbous nose cone of the 196-foot-tall Atlas 5 launcher, which blasted off at 4:10 a.m. EDT (0810 GMT) from Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.    

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 01:04 PM


Atlas V AEHF-3 Launch Highlights

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the third Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-3) satellite for the United States Air Force lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41. The AEHF constellation 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.

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