Atlas 5 launch caps deployment of ultra-secure military communications network
Atlas 5 launch timeline for the AEHF 6 mission
Photos: Atlas 5 rocket rolls out to launch pad at Cape Canaveral
Live coverage: Atlas 5 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 4:18 p.m. EDT (2018 GMT), following a delay of more than an hour to troubleshoot a ground hydraulics controller. The Atlas 5 launched with the U.S. military’s sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency strategic communications satellite.
Space Force’s first launch scheduled for Thursday
The first launch of a U.S. Space Force mission since the establishment of the new military service is planned Thursday, when a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket is set for liftoff from Cape Canaveral with a billion-dollar jam-resistant communications satellite designed to ensure national leaders remain connected with the armed forces.