The AEHF-6 satellite will orbit Earth at about 22,200 miles above the planet and will be providing vital information to the USA military force, as well as worldwide partners such as Canada, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
The US Space Force has delivered its first national security payload into orbit, with a satellite successfully lifting off atop a United Launch Alliance rocket today.
"Obviously (personnel) can't necessarily telework on the launch, but. we're limiting the crew to just the necessary folks that need to be there", said Brigadier General Douglas Schiess, commander of the 45th Space Wing and director of the Eastern Range at Patrick Air Force Base. Because ULA's launch window today extended to 4:57 PM EDT, the company was able to resolve the issue and reset for take-off, which took place without any problems at 4:18 PM EDT.
A hydraulic fault delayed the countdown for 80 minutes, according to the BBC.
The United Launch Alliance (ULA) has completed its 134th successful launch, continuing its flawless track record with a mission today for the U.S. Space Force.
Since its establishment past year, the sixth division of the U.S. Armed Forces has been mercilessly mocked-first for its camouflage uniforms, then for its near-exact replica of Star Trek's Starfleet Command logo. That's still a critical component for overall mission success, beyond the successful launch itself, so we'll update you when that is confirmed to have gone as planned.
"[The satellite] supports the president and other world leaders with critical communications around the planet". Even in the face of a global pandemic we must continue to perform mission essential tasks'.
The Space Force officially became a new branch of the USA military in December. "This launch extends that communication into a timeframe beyond 2030".
The president also recently reactivated the Cold War-era U.S. Space Command, founded in 1985 to provide joint command and control of the Air Force, Army, and Navy's space forces.