Atlas V Rocket Launch From Cape Canaveral Leaves Dazzling Trail

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 9, 2019

The Atlas V rocket that may launch the AEHF-5 satellite tv for pc rolls out to the launch web site at Cape Canaveral Air Drive Station in Florida.

Composite overwrapped pressure vessels that store high-pressure fluids used to support operation of the Atlas V and Centaur were manufactured by ARDÉ, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne.

Producing more than two and a half million pounds of thrust at liftoff, the Atlas V 551 configuration rocket is the most powerful in the Atlas V fleet.

Every of the six AEHF satellites will present protection from a geostationary orbit, which means that they consistently "hover" over the identical place above the Earth by following together with the planet's rotation. Besides U.S. forces, AEHF also serves global partners including Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

The AEHF team includes the U.S. Air Force Military Satellite Communications Systems Directorate at the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. Lockheed Martin Space, Sunnyvale, Calif., is the AEHF prime contractor, space and ground segments provider as well as system integrator, with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, Calif., as the payload provider. The Atlas 5 in the 551 configuration with five solid rocket boosters lifted off at 6:13 AM EST from Space Launch Complex-41 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

The AEHF network is the follow-on to the Milstar system, improving on the capabilities of Milstar.

In a first for the Air Force, the rocket's upper stage was also to release into orbit an experimental cubesat, or small satellite, to test technology for tracking orbital debris.

The 6,500 kg. AEHF-5 completes a geostationary ring of five satellites providing global coverage for the United States and worldwide partners Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

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