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.
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.
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.