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Cape Canaveral preparing for key military launches

24 Apr 2019, 21:00 UTC
Cape Canaveral preparing for key military launches
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The Air Force 45th Space Wing is gearing up for three high-profile space launches at Cape Canaveral over the coming months. If all goes as planned, the fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-5) and the Space Test Program-2 missions will fly in June, and the second vehicle of the Global Positioning System-3 constellation in July.

Lockheed Martin on Saturday shipped the $1.4 billion AEHF-5 satellite from a facility in Sunnyvale, California, to Cape Canaveral on a C-5 cargo plane to prepare for a June 27 launch. The company also completed the checkout testing of the $568 million GPS-3 SV-2 in anticipation of a July 25 launch. Meanwhile, the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center is getting ready to launch STP-2. This will be Falcon Heavy’s third launch and, of larger significance to the Air Force, it will be powered by reused side boosters from the rocket’s recent Arabsat mission, paving the way for the Air Force’s future certification of reused rockets.
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