U.S. Space Command to begin testing the last satellite of the AEHF-MILSTAR constellation


WASHINGTON — The AEHF-6 military communications satellite launched March 26 has completed on-orbit testing and will be turned over to U.S. Space Command for additional tests before the spacecraft can be declared operational, the program manager told SpaceNews Sept. 16. “We are going to start operational testing with the users,” said Col. John Dukes, head of the Space Production Corps’ Geosynchronous Orbit Division at the Space and Missile Systems Center. The satellite’s manufacturer Lockheed Martin announced Sept. 15 that the sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-6) protected communications satellite successfully completed on-orbit testing Aug. 27. “Now the users have to continue testing,” Dukes said. The 4th Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, maintains and commands the 10-satellite AEHF-MILSTAR constellation that operates in geosynchronous Earth orbit The satellites provide secret-level global communications services to the U.S. military and international partners Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. AEHF-6 is the final satellite of the constellation. The Space and Missile Systems Center is studying options for future systems. The AEHF satellites supplement five older MILSTAR satellites that were produced in the 1990s. Dukes said there is a misconception that AEHF satellites are replacements to MILSTAR. “It does not replace MILSTAR, it enhances that capability,” he said. Once AEHF-6 is ready for operational use, the protected satellite program will be complete. “This is a process which has taken more than 26 years,” the Space Force said in a news release. The first MILSTAR satellite launched in February 1994. SpaceNews (SpaceNews.com) More More

Similar stories

Protected communications satellite completes on-orbit testing - Australian Defence Magazine

Protected communications satellite completes on-orbit testing  Australian Defence Magazine

Posted on 23 September 2020 | 6:40 pm | Google News

US Space Command to begin testing the last satellite of the AEHF-MILSTAR constellation - SpaceNews

US Space Command to begin testing the last satellite of the AEHF-MILSTAR constellation  SpaceNews

Posted on 16 September 2020 | 2:00 am | Google News

The USAF's AEHF-6 Satellite From Lockheed Martin Completes On-Orbit Test - SatNews Publishers

The USAF's AEHF-6 Satellite From Lockheed Martin Completes On-Orbit Test  SatNews Publishers

Posted on 15 September 2020 | 11:57 pm | Google News

EHF-6 Protected Communications Satellite Completes On-Orbit Testing - Space Ref

EHF-6 Protected Communications Satellite Completes On-Orbit Testing  Space Ref

Posted on 15 September 2020 | 2:43 pm | Google News

AEHF-6 satellite actively communicating with U.S. Space Force - Intelligent Aerospace

AEHF-6 satellite actively communicating with U.S. Space Force  Intelligent Aerospace

Posted on 27 March 2020 | 2:00 am | Google News

US Space Force's AEHF-6 Satellite Completes On-Orbit Testing - Defenseworld.net

US Space Force's AEHF-6 Satellite Completes On-Orbit Testing  Defenseworld.net

Posted on 26 March 2020 | 2:00 am | Google News

Copyright © 2020 LastMinuteStuff.com | Contact info