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Air Force launches 1st Advanced Satellite

The 45th Space Wing successfully launched the first Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite onboard an Atlas V launch vehicle here today from launch pad 41 at 7:07 a.m.

The 45th Space Wing successfully launched the first Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite onboard an Atlas V launch vehicle at 7:07 a.m. (Courtesy of ULA)

The 45th Space Wing successfully launched the first Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite onboard an Atlas V launch vehicle here today from launch pad 41 at 7:07 a.m.

The 45th Space Wing successfully launched the first Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite onboard an Atlas V launch vehicle at 7:07 a.m. (Courtesy of ULA)

The 45th Space Wing successfully launched
the first Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite onboard an
Atlas V launch vehicle here today from launch pad 41 at 7:07 a.m.

The 45th Space Wing successfully launched the first Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite onboard an Atlas V launch vehicle here today from launch pad 41 at 7:07 a.m. (Photo by Mr. Daniel Wade)

Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla. -- The 45th Space Wing successfully launched the first Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite onboard an Atlas V launch vehicle here today from launch pad 41 at 7:07 a.m.

"This is an historic launch of an important asset to our nation's military and our allies," said Under Secretary of the Air Force Erin C. Conaton. "The AEHF satellite will provide secure, protected communications capability across the spectrum of mission areas, including land, sea and air warfare. Its benefits will be felt in special operations, strategic nuclear deterrence, strategic defense, theater missile defense, and space operations and intelligence. The 45th Space Wing and the Space & Missile Systems Center deserve praise for their great work, and I also applaud the teamwork between the Air Force and its partners involved in making this mission a success."

The commander of the 45th Space Wing also praised the work involved in making this launch a success.

"We have an outstanding launch team assembled here on the Space Coast that truly sets the standard for others to follow; it has been a privilege to work on this mission," said Brig. Gen. Ed Wilson, the commander of the 45th Space Wing.

The 45th Space Wing's mission is to assure access to the higher frontier and to support global operations by delivering space effects that protect and defend our nation through Global Vigilance, Reach and Power.