The U.S Space Force performed the first launch Thursday, bringing a satellite into orbit for military communications. The sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite was launched into orbit by a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Given the coronavirus outbreak that infected at least 280 U.S. troops and interrupted training drills, overseas deployments and other military operations, the launch, called critical operation, went ahead Thursday.
The AEHF satellites designed by Lockheed Martin replace the older Milstar military communication satellite system. The sixth AEHF is the last in the $15bn initiative, with the Air Force launching the other five before the formation of the Space Force. The Space Force forms with the approval of the annual bill of defence policy in December.
So, its implementation has fulfilled President Trump’s top priority. This is since he first proposed the idea in 2018. It turned into a consistent line of applause at his campaign rallies. Trump invented the term Space Force in 2017. the proposal for a separate military branch for space was born as a bipartisan House concept. The new program intends to defend U.S. space assets. It includes satellites, from earthly threats, including U.S. rivals Russia and China.