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Atlas V launches AEHF-2, Long March lofts Tian Hui 1B but Dragon gets delayed

8 May 2012, 15:16 UTC
Atlas V launches AEHF-2, Long March lofts Tian Hui 1B but Dragon gets delayed
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The US military should benefit from the launch of its latest communications satellite, AEHF-2. The military communications satellite was launched successfully at 1842 GMT on 4 May 2012 via a United Launch Alliance (ULA) operated ATLAS V 531 launch from Cape Canaveral.

An ATLAS V 531 flew the AEHF 2 military communications spacecraft into orbit. Courtesy: ULA/Pat Corkery

The next launch into orbit was from China’s Jiuquan launch base when a Long March 2D/2 launched the Tian Hui 1B Earth observation satellite successfully at 0710 GMT on 6 May 2012.

The first Falcon 9/Dragon C2+ launch to the International Space Station was delayed to 19 May to conduct further software checks on the Dragon capsule.

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