Air Force’s fourth AEHF communications satellite successfully launched from Florida
A $1.8 billion U.S. Air Force communications satellite rode a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket into orbit Wednesday from Cape Canaveral, joining three similar craft perched more than 22,000 miles above Earth to ensure government leaders can remain in contact with military commanders in the worst-case scenario of nuclear war.
Video: Atlas 5 rocket blasts off with AEHF 4 satellite
Live coverage: Atlas 5 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral
Launch timeline for Atlas 5’s AEHF 4 mission
Photos: Atlas 5 rocket transferred to launch pad in Florida
Air Force releases new target dates for upcoming military launches
Managers have pushed back the next flight of United Launch Alliance’s Delta 4-Heavy rocket from a launch pad in California until no sooner than early December, and the first launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy for the U.S. Air Force has likely been delayed to some time early next year, officials said this week.