The US Space Force will start its first National Security Mission today by launching into orbit a Lockheed Martin Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-6) satellite with the purpose of improving military communications. The satellite will be lifted into space by a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket.
AEHF-6 will circle 22,000 miles above the Earth, and aerospace and defense company Lockheed Martin said that the satellite will provide “vastly improved global, survivable, protected communications capabilities for strategic command and tactical warfighters operating on ground, sea and air platforms,”
The United States Space Force
Founded only three months ago in December 2019, the United States Space Force (USSF) is one of the eight U.S. uniformed services, and also the space warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces.
According to Wikipedia, the Space Force is responsible for organizing, preparing, and equipping forces for the following mission sets:
- Space superiority
- Space domain awareness (civil, military and commercial)
- Space service support (like space range operations for civil, military, and commercial operators)
- Space support to nuclear command, control, communications and for nuclear detonation detection
- Space support to missile defense operations
- Defensive and offensive space control
- Command and control satellite operations and space forces
- Space support for operations
As of the duties of the United States Space Force, we can remind about conducting space operations, and stopping forms of aggression in, from, and to space. Therefore, USSF might be the humanity’s best bet if we ever get invaded by highly intelligent and hostile life forms. Even if we’re safe for now and we have other problems to deal with, chances are very high that aliens way more intelligent than us and potentially dangerous could exist. But it’s most probable that the distances between them and our planet are way too large for anyone to travel them during a lifetime, even at the speed of light.
The launch of the AEHF-6 satellite will begin from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.