CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Florida — A high-tech military satellite is now in space after it blasted off from Florida's Space Coast on Wednesday morning.
- Atlas V rocket blasts off overnight from east coast of Florida
- Rocket carried high-tech satellite for military
- Satellite designed to transmit tactical data
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United Launch Alliance strapped five solid rocket boosters on its Atlas V rocket for the launch at 12:15 a.m. from Space Launch Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
On board the rocket was the AEHF-4 satellite. AEHF stands for Advanced Extremely High Frequency. Lockheed Martin build the satellite, the fourth in a series of six satellites for the U.S. Air Force.
"If you want to think of the most unjammable, impenetrable, private conversations that our government can have, via satellite communications, this is what this satellite does," Lockheed Martin spokesman Chip Eschenfelder said.
The satellite can securely transmit tactical military communications, such as real-time video and battlefield maps, to our troops anywhere around the world.
"It's protecting communications for strategic and tactical forces, DOD leadership, down to troops in the field, all around the world," Eschenfelder said.
The next launch from Florida's Space Coast is an unusual one: Next week, a Pegasus XL rocket will be launched from an airplane, carrying a NASA satellite to study the Earth's upper atmosphere, the ionosphere.