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.

 

The Atlas V carrying the AEHF satellite lifts off from Cape Canaveral

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.

 

Full story can be found on the Patrick Air Force Base website – Air Force Launches 2nd Advanced Satellite

The Atlas V carrying the AEHF satellite clears the lightning towers

 

 

The Atlas V rocket carrying the AEHF satellite streaks towards space during launch