ULA successfully launches fifth U.S. Air Force protected communications satellite

TechCrunch | 8/8/2019 | Staff
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The United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint-effort commercial launch service provider set up by Boing and Lockheed Martin, succeeded in launching a U.S. Air Force communications satellite to orbit today, the fifth in a series of launches to form a constellation. The satellite, code-named AEHF-5 (for the fifth ‘Advanced Extremely High Frequency” spacecraft) is already communicating with USAF on the ground, indicating full mission success.

For ULA, this is another win in an unbroken streak – it’s the 90th Atlas V launch to date, with 100% success across all those launches. The launch took off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 6:13 AM ET this morning, marking the second successful launch from the Cape this week after SpaceX launched the AMOS-17 satellite earlier this week.

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