Mighty Atlas V lifts off AEHF-6

Today at 4:18pm ET, United Launch Alliance (ULA) launched an Atlas V 551 rocket. The rocket lifted off from SLC-41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Day streak shot of the Atlas V launch with AEHF6 | photo: Crystal Gabriel


The payload is a communications satellite designated, AEHF-6 (Advanced Extreme High Frequency). Developed by Lockheed Martin, AEHF provides vastly improved global, survivable, protected communications capabilities for strategic command and tactical war-fighters. This jam-resistant system also serves international partners including Canada, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Australia.

The Mighty Atlas V soars into space with AEHF6 | photo: Jon Van Horne

Atlas V 551

ULA’s Atlas V rocket is a workhorse for the U.S. military, intelligence community and scientific researchers. Developed as a modular vehicle, each Atlas V is tailored to the needs of its passenger. This Atlas V was in the 551 configuration, meaning 5 meter fairing, 5 Solid Rocket Boosters and 1 Centaur upper-stage engine. The high-energy Centaur upper stage, which has been used to send spacecraft to every planet in our solar system, is incorporated into Atlas V to deliver the payloads to their intended destinations.

Congratulations to ULA on yet another Atlas V launch, this will mark their 138th successful mission as first ever for the US Space Force.

Jon Van Horne
Jon Van Horne

He began his career in media as a multimedia designer and developer in Montreal, Quebec. He developed a passion for media during his job in Photography and Video at a Montreal media content company. Other passions in media, photography/videography and soon going back to school in engineering.