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AEHF-4 Atlas V rollout

An ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the AEHF-4 mission for the U.S. Air Force is rolled from the Vertical Integration Facility to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex-41. (Photo courtesy of ULA)

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AEHF-4 successfully mated to the Atlas V launch vehicle and safely rolled on to pad on Oct. 15 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. (USAF photo by Van Ha)

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Lt. Col. Paul Muller, Materiel Leader, AEHF Space Segment, gives a mission briefing on Oct. 15 for guests attending the AEHF-4 launch scheduled on Oct. 17 at Cape Canaveral, FL. (USAF photo by Van Ha)

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AEHF-4 successfully mated to the Atlas V launch vehicle and safely rolled on to pad on Oct. 15 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. (USAF photo by Walter Talens)

AEHF-4 Atlas V rollout

An Atlas V carrying the AEFH-4 satellite aboard is rolled out to the pad in anticipation of its scheduled launch, Oct 17. The launch window opens at 12:15 a.m. EDT. (US Air Force Photo by Walter Talen)

AEHF-4 Atlas V rollout

An ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the AEHF-4 mission for the U.S. Air Force is rolled from the Vertical Integration Facility to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex-41. (Photo courtesy of ULA)

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AEHF-4 successfully mated to the Atlas V launch vehicle and safely rolled on to pad on Oct. 15 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. (USAF photo by Van Ha)

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AEHF-4 successfully mated to the Atlas V launch vehicle and safely rolled on to pad on Oct. at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. (USAF photos by Walter Talens)

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An ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the AEHF-4 mission for the U.S. Air Force stands poised for launch, Oct 16. (Photo courtesy of ULA)

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An ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the AEHF-4 mission for the U.S. Air Force stands poised for launch, Oct 16. (Photo courtesy of ULA)

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. --

 

The Air Force’s fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite rolled out to Space Launch Complex-41 launch pad at 10 a.m. EDT on Oct. 15. A live feed will begin 20 minutes prior to the launch, concluding approximately 45 minutes following launch.  A simulcast of the broadcast can be viewed at http://www.ulalaunch.com/site/pages/multimedia_webcasts.html.

The launch of AEHF-4 satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle is set for Oct. 17, with the launch window opening at 12:15 a.m. EDT. 

AEHF is a joint service satellite communications system which will provide survivable, global, secure, protected, and jam-resistant communications for high-priority military ground, sea, and air assets.  The AEHF system is the follow-on to the Milstar system, augmenting, improving and expanding the Department of Defense's Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) architecture.

The AEHF team is led by the United States Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center’s MILSATCOM Systems Directorate, located at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California.  Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company is the AEHF prime contractor, with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems as the payload developer and manufacturer.  Air Force Space Command operates the AEHF system.