March 27, 2020 – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the sixth Superior Extraordinarily Excessive Frequency (AEHF) communications satellite tv for pc for the U.S. House Drive’s House and Missile Programs Middle lifted off from House Launch Complicated-41 on March 26 at 2:18 p.m. MDT. This marks the 83rd profitable launch of an Atlas V rocket, 138th launch for ULA and first mission for the U.S. House Drive.
“The success of right now’s launch is the end result of years of dedication, arduous work and teamwork with a number of of our mission companions,” mentioned Gen. Jay Raymond, Chief of House Operations, U.S. House Drive. “From our acquisition specialists at SMC, to the satellite tv for pc builders at Lockheed Martin, to the aircrews at Air Mobility Command, and our vary assist groups on the 45th House Wing, we significantly recognize the collaboration with the ULA group who all contributed to this historic, first Nationwide Safety House launch below the U.S. House Drive,” added Raymond. “On behalf of the U.S. House Drive and all of our joint warfighters who depend upon protected SATCOM, thanks and congratulations on right now’s profitable launch.”
“Congratulations to the U.S. House Drive on liftoff of your first mission,” mentioned Tory Bruno, ULA president and CEO. “We’re proud to be your companion for this historic mission and honored to have launched the whole Lockheed Martin produced AEHF constellation on Atlas V rockets. We perceive the important significance of delivering protected communications to strategic command and tactical warfighters working on floor, sea and air.”
This mission launched aboard an Atlas V 551 configuration automobile, producing greater than two and a half million kilos of thrust at liftoff. Probably the most highly effective within the Atlas V fleet, the Atlas V 551 features a 5-meter Payload Fairing (PLF) and stands at 197 ft. tall. The Atlas booster for this mission was powered by the RD AMROSS RD-180 engine. Aerojet Rocketdyne supplied the 5 AJ-60A strong rocket boosters (SRBs) and RL10C-1 engine for the Centaur higher stage.
With the launch of AEHF-6, the RL10 engine has flown 500 occasions, together with lots of of occasions on ULA and ULA heritage automobiles.
“Thanks to the Aerojet Rocketdyne group on your excellent partnership,” mentioned Gary Wentz, ULA vice chairman of Authorities and Industrial Packages. “The RL10 is integral to our distinctive Centaur higher stage, supporting ULA’s launches of army, civil and industrial satellites and has despatched spacecraft to discover each planet in our photo voltaic system.”
ULA’s subsequent launch is USSF-7 in assist of the U.S. House Drive in Might 2020.