U.S. Sixth AEHF Satellite Completes In-orbit Testing

Date:Sep 18, 2020


On September 15th, the prime contractor Lockheed Martin announced that the sixth US Advanced Very High Frequency Satellite (AEHF) will complete its in-orbit test on August 27, clearing the way for the handover to the US space force by the end of 2020 Up the road.

In a statement, Eric Dailer, the director of the Lockheed Martin’s protective communications mission area, said: “The successful in-orbit test shows that all spacecraft performance requirements have been met, and we are on schedule before the end of the year. Transfer control of the satellite to the Space Operations Command."

   The sixth US AEHF satellite formed a new protection and anti-jamming communication satellite constellation, which replaced the US military communication satellite program. The capacity of each AEHF satellite is 3 times that of the entire legacy system, and the entire AEHF constellation provides 10 times the throughput.

   The system is designed for high-priority missions, including ensuring survival and safe communications after a nuclear strike. AEHF satellites will also serve international partners in the United States, including Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

   AEHF 6 satellite was launched from Cape Canavera Air Force Base in Florida on March 26. This was the first mission of the space force. Satellite 5 was officially handed over to the space force in February this year.

In March of this year, the U.S. Space Force issued a $685 million contract to Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Boeing for its next-generation anti-jamming satellite communications system to protect tactical satellite communications development. Load.