You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

USAF to launch 3rd high-capacity comm sat

Sep. 17, 2013 - 03:45AM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
  • Filed Under

A U.S. Air Force advanced extremely high frequency communications satellite launched from Cape Canaveral today at 3:04 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The satellite, built by Lockheed Martin and lofted by a United Space Alliance Atlas V rocket, was the third launch of six AEHF satellites.

“Our AEHF-1 and -2 satellites are delivering improved capability during on-orbit testing, having already connected three allies and 10 terminal types,” said Mark Calassa, vice president of Protected Communication Systems at Lockheed Martin.

Canada and the United Kingdom use the AEHF system, joined last week by the Netherlands.

A single AEHF satellite provides greater total capacity than the entire legacy five-satellite Milstar constellation, while individual user data rates are quintupled, according to a Lockheed Martin press release.


Start your day with a roundup of top defense news.

More Headlines



Login to This Week's Digital Edition

Subscribe for Print or Digital delivery today!

Exclusive Events Coverage

In-depth news and multimedia coverage of industry trade shows and conferences.



Defensenews TV

  • Sign-up to receive weekly email updates about Vago's guests and the topics they will discuss.