The U.S. Air Force’s second AEHF secure communications satellite successfully completed on-orbit testing.
The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin Space Systems of Sunnyvale, Calif., a $249 million fixed-priced contract to begin antenna and electronics fabrication and purchase other long-lead flight materials for the fifth and sixth spacecraft in the service’s Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) constellation of highly secure communications satellites, the Pentagon announced June 25. The work will take place in Sunnyvale and is expected to conclude by Nov. 1.
Lockheed Martin Space Systems has completed on-orbit testing of the U.S. Air Force’s first Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) secure communications satellite more than a year-and-a-half after its launch, according to a company press release.
The U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin have shipped the second in the service’s series of highly secure communications satellites to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., in preparation for a scheduled April 27 launch.
The U.S. Air Force’s first Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) secure military communications satellite has started a four-month-long on-orbit testing phase following initial activation of its communications payload, the service announced Nov. 1.