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Advanced Extremely High Frequency Payload Ships to Sunnyvale

Los Angeles Air Force Base -- The Military Satellite Communications Systems Wing, at the Space and Missile Systems Center announced today that the payload module for the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite was shipped from Northrop Grumman Space Technology Park in Redondo Beach, Calif. and arrived at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in Sunnyvale, Calif.

The payload module, delivered about 30 days early, will be mated with the AEHF Core structure and propulsion subsystems and will undergo environmental and acceptance testing over the next few months. The payload contains the components and subsystems directly related to the mission of the satellite.

"This is a major milestone for the AEHF program and a significant step towards providing critical capability for our nation and the warfighter," said Brigadier General Ellen M. Pawlikowski, MILSATCOM Systems Wing Commander. "This technology will provide vastly improved flexibility and up to 10 times more protected communications capacity than military satellite communications currently in use."

The AEHF satellite is on schedule for an April 2008 launch from Cape Canaveral Fla. The satellite is a joint service satellite communications system that will provide global, secure, protected, and jam-resistant communications for high-priority military ground, sea, and air assets.