by 45th Space Wing Public Affairs
9/18/2013 - CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- The
45th Space Wing successfully launched the third Advanced Extremely High
Frequency (AEHF) satellite onboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V
vehicle here Sept. 18 from launch pad
41 at 4:10 a.m.
AEHF-1 was launched in August of 2010 and AEHF-2 was launched in May of 2012, both from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
The rocket flew in the 531 vehicle configuration with a five-meter
fairing, three solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper
AEHF 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.
The AEHF system is the follow-on to the Milstar system, augmenting,
improving and expanding the Department of Defense's Military Satellite
AEHF-3 was procured from Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company by the
MILSATCOM Systems Directorate, part of the Air Force's Space and Missile
Systems Center. The MILSATCOM Systems Directorate plans, acquires and
sustains space-based global communications in support of the president,
secretary of defense and combat forces. The entire MILSATCOM enterprise
consists of satellites, terminals and control stations and provides
communications for more than 16,000 air, land and sea platforms.
The commander of the 45th Space Wing praised the work of all those involved in making this launch a success.
"It is wonderful to witness the teamwork between our wing and all our
partners involved in making this mission a success," said Brig. Gen.
Nina Armagno, who also served as the Launch Decision Authority for the
launch from the Morrell Operations Center here at the Cape.
"This successful launch helps to ensure that vital communications will
continue to bolster our nation's military capabilities and showcases
once again why the 45th Space Wing is the world's premiere gateway to
space," she added.