Atlas V Launch Scheduled for Thursday From From Cape Canaveral Delayed Due to Battery Failure
By Space Coast Daily // June 23, 2019
Launch of the AEHF-5 mission is now targeted for no earlier than Tuesday, July 9
BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION – The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the AEHF-5 mission for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center is delayed, due to a vehicle battery failure discovered during final processing.
Launch of the AEHF-5 mission is now targeted for no earlier than Tuesday, July 9, 2019.
The ULA Atlas V rocket was set to carry out the AEHF-5 mission for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missiles Systems Center on Thursday.
“Additional time is needed for the technical team to complete the evaluation of the issue and replace the battery,” said ULA officials.
ULA ATLAS V AEHF-5 LAUNCH STATS AT A GLANCE:
• Rocket: Atlas V 551
• Mission: Fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-5)
• Launch Date: TBD
• Launch Location: Space Launch Complex-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
Mission Information: United Launch Alliance will use an Atlas V 551 rocket to launch the fifth communications satellite in the Lockheed Martin-built Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) series for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center.
AEHF satellites provide highly-secure, jam-proof connectivity between U.S. national leadership and deployed military forces. Atlas V rockets successfully launched the first four AEHF satellites in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2018.
Launch Notes: The AEHF-5 launch will mark the 80th Atlas V mission since the inaugural launch in 2002 and the 10th in the 551 configuration.
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