First AEHF Spacecraft Reaches Orbit

By Irene Klotz

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The first spacecraft in the U.S. Air Force’s Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite network reached geosynchronous transfer orbit on Aug. 14, capping a nine-year effort to develop a successor to the existing Milstar II communications spacecraft.

The AEHF-1 satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard an United Launch Alliance ...

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