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Atlas launches military communications satellite
Posted: Wed, Sep 18, 2013, 8:27 AM ET (1227 GMT)
Atlas 5 launch of AEHF-3 (ULA) An Atlas 5 rocket successfully launched the third in a series of military communications satellites for the US Air Force early Wednesday. The Atlas 5 531 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 4:10 am EDT (0810 GMT) and placed the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) 3 satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit 51 minutes later. The launch was postponed by more than hour because of clouds at the launch site. The Lockheed Martin-built AEHF-3 satellite, weighing more than 6,100 kilograms at launch, is designed to provide secure communications for the US military, joining two others launched in 2010 and 2012.
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