While we were all beginning our social distancing measures and watching the world bow to the demands of COVID-19, the Space Force quietly reached a milestone. On March 26, the Space Force completed its first space launch mission. They sent an Atlas V rocket into space carrying a Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-6) satellite. This is the sixth AEHF-6 satellite, completing a satellite constellation that will provide “jam proof” communications for the military.
Now, this is clearly not the first launch of its kind, as five AEHF-6 satellites are already in place. But the mission marks the first successful launch by the newly founded Space Force and the completion of a satellite constellation that has been well over 10 years in the making. The first of the AEHF-6’s was launched by the Air Force in 2010. The new constellation promises to upgrade communications and will become a cornerstone for the Space Force moving forward.