Monday, 19 August, 2019

Watch video of ULA's Atlas V rocket blasting off from Florida

Rocket streak seen across Florida after early morning ULA launch of $1.1 billion satellite United Launch Alliance rocket blasts off from Florida carrying Air Force communications satellite
Sandra Phillips | 09 August, 2019, 08:56

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.

This mission's main payload is the U.S. Air Drive's fifth Superior Extraordinarily Excessive Frequency (AEHF-5) satellite tv for pc. "AEHF affords national leaders anti-jam, always-on connectivity during all levels of conflict and enables both strategic and tactical users to communicate globally across a high-speed network that delivers protected communications in any environment".

The Atlas V rocket by United Launch Alliance blasted off before sunrise at 6:13 a.m. from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The satellite rocket was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, leaving curvy cloud-like streaks across the Central to South Florida sky.

AEHF satellites provide secure, jam-proof connectivity for US national leadership and deployed military forces.

The Atlas V was utilised in its 551 configuration, the rocket's most powerful which includes a 5.4-metre fairing and 5 solid rocket boosters.

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The joint venture is transitioning from its Atlas V rocket - a legacy workhorse for USA national security missions - to Vulcan Centaur, a heavy-lift vehicle tailored to compete for lucrative defense contracts and wean the United States off the Russian-made RD-180 engines that power Atlas.

The sixth Air Force satellite in the constellation is set to launch in March 2020.

The mission's primary goal is to place a Lockheed Martin-built satellite into orbit.

The satellite was the fifth of six anti-jamming satellites in the AEHF constellation.

Lockheed Martin designed, processed and manufactured all five on-orbit AEHF satellites at its advanced satellite manufacturing facility in Sunnyvale, California.

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