USAF AEHF-2 military satellite successfully completes on-orbit tests
The on-orbit testing of the second Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) military communications satellite went off without a hitch on the 24th of September. The test successfully produced the expected performance of an all-AEHF constellation. It also proved that several AEHF satellites can function as a part of a Milstar constellation.
Members of the US Army, Navy and Air Force used satellite communications terminals to test the command and control features of the AEHF System. They performed and verified the results of single-satellite testing, crosslink testing between AEHF-2 and the earlier-launched AEHF-1, and finally a test involving the older Milstar constellation.
The Space and Missile Systems Center MILSATCOM Systems Directorate led the intersegment testing. Other participantd were the 14th Air Force and the 50th Space Wing; civilian companies Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and The Aerospace Corporation; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Lincoln Laboratory; and representatives from communities involved in AEHF-2’s terminal operations and development.
A new joint service satellite communications system, the AEHF System is the complement and eventual successor to the aging Milstar system. It will support, enhance, and expand the MILSATCOM architecture by delivering survivable, secure, protected, and jam-resistant communications for critical military assets for the U.S. and international partners anywhere in the world.
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