Watch ULA’s first dedicated rocket launch for the U.S

Katie Ramirez
March 28, 2020

The first satellite mission conducted under the name of the U.S. Space Force got underway today with the launch of the AEHF-6 military communications satellite atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket.

'Nothing stops the space launch mission!' the 45th Space Wing tweeted from Cape Canaveral, Florida during the launch of the $1 billion satellite.

The US military's newest branch has launched its first satellite, despite a technical glitch that forced a delay.

A UAL webcast from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida showed the Atlas V rocket - its first stage powered by a Russian made RD-180 with five strapped on boosters - soaring over the Atlantic shortly after the afternoon launch, trailed by clouds of frozen exhaust.

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A powerful Atlas V rocket hoisted the 13,600-pound satellite off the Earth with the new Space Force seal adorning the United Launch Alliance rocket.

The U.S. Space Force explains -that even though they are launching their first mission, they are practicing proper social distancing to protect everyone against the spread of Coronavirus. Initially, this means maintaining and controlling the DOD's communications satellites, to provide personnel on the ground with reliable and continuous communications and to monitor for airborne threats such as ballistic missiles.

US President Donald Trump established the Space Force, which is focused on warfare in space, in December 2019. "There are critical things, or mission essential things, that the U.S. Department of Defence does every day". This satellite aims to the extension of communication of America to all world leaders across the globe beyond the year 2030.

"It's the very first launch for the U.S. Space Force". ULA has successfully launched more than 135 missions to orbit that provide Earth observation capabilities, enable global communications, unlock the mysteries of our solar system, and support life-saving technology. The other USA military branches are the Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps.

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