Lockheed, Air Force Launch Second AEHF Satellite

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Lockheed Martin and the Air Force has launched the second satellite of a new military communications constellation, the company announced Friday.

Advanced Extremely High Frequency-2 launched aboard the United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The company delivered the second AEHF satellite for launch in February.

The AEHF satellites are the successors of the Milstar constellation and will transmit military video, maps and data.

According to Lockheed, the team used lessons learned from building the Milstar constellation currently in orbit to improve AEHF capabilities.

One AEHF satellite provides greater capacity than five satellites in Milstar, the company said. 

International partners such as Canada, the Netherlands and the U.K. will use the satellites for ground, sea and air applications. 

AEHF team members include Lockheed, the Air Force and Northrop Grumman Corp., who acts as the systems integrator under the contract. 

Lockheed is under contract for four such satellites and has begun advanced procurement of long-lead components for a fifth and sixth satellite. 

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