On May 4th I attended the AEHF-2 Satellite launch at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The satellite was carried to space atop an Atlas V rocket. It was my first time attending a launch, and it did not disappoint at all ! Amazing what the USAF Space Wing as well as all aerospace companies and NASA have done and continue to do.
Here are photos of the launch.
By Chris Calkins
Chief media Relations 45th Space Wing
5/4/2012 – CAPE CANAVERAL AFS, Fla. —
The 45th Space Wing successfully launched the second Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite onboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V vehicle here today from launch pad 41 at 2:42 p.m. AEHF-1 was launched from here in August of 2010.
The rocket flew in the 531 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, three solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage.
The commander of the 45th Space Wing praised the work of all those involved
in making this launch a success.