This is some cool news…
From the Washington Free Beacon:
First Space Force Mission Is A Go
‘We’re launching a giant spacecraft into space’
Space Force’s first official mission is a go, with personnel set to launch a military communications satellite into orbit from Cape Canaveral Thursday afternoon.
“We’re launching a giant spacecraft into space,” United Launch Alliance (ULA) president and CEO Tory Bruno told the Washington Free Beacon.
And giant it is. ULA will send an Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite into orbit for Space Force on its Atlas V 551 rocket, the most powerful in its arsenal. The rocket, which Bruno called “the Bruiser,” weighs 1.2 million pounds pre-launch. The satellite itself weighs 14,500 pounds when fully fueled and strapped to the rocket, or about 2.5 Ford Expeditions. The launch will create 2.25 million pounds of thrust.
The mission is about much more than brute force—it will establish infrastructure that will strengthen America’s military presence on earth. The satellite will become the sixth of its kind in orbit for the United States, creating a constellation that gives America complete global communications coverage.
Thursday’s launch is expected to go forward despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Military personnel have canceled in-person launch viewing and cut nonessential services. The two-hour launch window begins at 2:57 p.m. ET at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and can be viewed online.