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Lockheed Delivers AEHF-5 Satellite to Cape Canaveral Launch Site; Mike Cacheiro Quoted

Lockheed Delivers AEHF-5 Satellite to Cape Canaveral Launch Site; Mike Cacheiro Quoted - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Jeff Brody

Lockheed Martin has transported the U.S. Air Force's fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency communications satellite to the Cape Canaveral AF Station in Florida to begin preparations for a scheduled June launch.

AEHF-5's arrival at the launch site follows the completion of on-orbit AEHF-4 tests, which began in October of last year, Lockheed said Thursday.

The new satellite will employ an extended data rate technology and join an AEHF constellation intended to support high-bandwidth communications for U.S. military and allied forces worldwide.

“The AEHF system is essentially a high capacity data network in the sky and this is a complete paradigm shift for the future of protected communications,“ said Mike Cacheiro, vice president of protected communications at Lockheed's space segment.

United Launch Alliance will provide its Atlas V rocket to send AEHF-5 into space.

Lockheed is manufacturing AEHF-6 at a satellite factory located in Sunnyvale, Calif.

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