Watch the first launch of the US Space Force

Armadilo

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Oct 27, 2017
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United Launch Alliance says its Atlas V rocket is ready to launch on Thursday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Liftoff is set for 2:57pm (18:57 UTC) for the national security mission, which has a two-hour launch window. This is the first launch under the command of the newly constituted US Space Force.
For this mission, the Atlas V rocket will boost the sixth and final satellite in a constellation of military communications satellites in geostationary orbit. The "Advanced Extremely High Frequency" (AEHF) satellites are replacing the older Milstar communications system. The individual satellites cost $850 million each, and this AEHF-6 satellite to be launched Thursday was built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems. The previous five AEHF satellites launched on Atlas V rockets from 2010 to 2019.
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God_Of_Phwoar

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May 29, 2018
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They'll fire off a small rocket firework, FOX news will be like "HOLY SHIT WE LIVE IN STAR TREK NOW!", and within half an hour Trump supporters will start worrying about an influx of actual illegal aliens.
 

Africanus II

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Oct 26, 2017
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Years from now this could represent the beginning of an era that would change humanity forever.
And yet most U.S. citizens are (rightfully) focused on something else. Crazy how life works.
 

Pickman

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Nov 20, 2017
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Successful launch, good on them. Anything going into space from US soil is the result of hundreds of small businesses in the production sector, so despite being a SpaceX fanboy, I'm happy to see this one as a success.
 

Desi

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Oct 30, 2017
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I'm still a bit confused because the U.S. Air Force does have a Space defense department. So what makes this different than them?