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Advanced EHF Flight 3 Core Propulsion Module Delivered to Sunnyvale

Advanced EHF Flight 3 Core Propulsion Module located at Lockheed Martin Space Systems facilities, Stennis Space Center, Miss. (courtesy photo by Lockheed Martin)

Advanced EHF Flight 3 Core Propulsion Module located at Lockheed Martin Space Systems facilities, Stennis Space Center, Miss. (courtesy photo by Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin Space Systems team prepares the Advanced EHF Flight 3 Core Propulsion module for shipping to Sunnyvale, Calif. (courtesy photo by Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin Space Systems team prepares the Advanced EHF Flight 3 Core Propulsion module for shipping to Sunnyvale, Calif. (courtesy photo by Lockheed Martin)

Advanced EHF Flight 3 Core Propulsion Module final preparation is made for safe arrival to Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Sunnyvale, Calif. (courtesy photo by  Lockheed Martin)

Advanced EHF Flight 3 Core Propulsion Module final preparation is made for safe arrival to Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Sunnyvale, Calif. (courtesy photo by Lockheed Martin)

Los Angeles Air Force Base -- The Space and Missile Systems Center's Military Satellite Communications Systems Wing, announced today that the core propulsion module of the third Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite was shipped from Lockheed Martin at Stennis Space Center, Miss., and arrived safely June 17 to Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Sunnyvale, Calif. This significant milestone was accomplished six months ahead of schedule.

The Lockheed Martin Space Systems team will begin installation of the subsystem components directly related to the orbit transferring and station-keeping of the satellite. Upon delivery of the payload in February 2009, the third AEHF will undergo extensive side-by-side testing prior to satellite mate. 

"Delivering the core propulsion module was a joint effort between the Air Force and Lockheed Martin. It is one of our greatest challenges to integrating our first AEHF," said Col. Michael D. Sarchet, Commander, Protected Satellite Communications Group, Air Force Space Command's Military Satellite Communications Systems Wing. "This joint effort allowed for us to improve our process for the core propulsion production. Not only has this core module been shipped, but also shipped six months ahead of schedule."

As one of the protected satellite programs at MILSATCOM, the AEHF system will be the follow-on to the Milstar system, augmenting and improving on the capabilities of Milstar, and expanding the MILSATCOM architecture. AEHF will provide connectivity across the spectrum of mission areas, including land, air and naval warfare; special operations; strategic nuclear operations; strategic defense; theater missile defense; and space operations and intelligence. The AEHF system is a joint service satellite communications system that provides global, secure, protected and jam-resistant communications for high-priority military ground, sea and air assets. Once on orbit, the AEHF satellite system will consist of four satellites that will be in geosynchronous earth orbit that provides 10 times the capacity of the 1990s-era Milstar satellites.

Space and Missile Systems Center is a unit of Air Force Space Command, located at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., and is the U.S. Air Force's center of acquisition excellence for acquiring and developing military space systems including six wings and three groups responsible for GPS, military satellite communications, defense meteorological satellites, space launch and range systems, satellite control network, space based infrared systems, intercontinental ballistic missile systems and space situational awareness capabilities. SMC manages more than $60 billion in contracts, executes annual budgets of $10 billion and employs more than 6,800 people worldwide. 

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