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Third Advanced Extremely High Frequency Satellite Ready for Launch

Workers prepare the U.S. Air Force's third Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite for launch near Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The space vehicle was encapsulated into its fairing Aug. 27, 2013, before being mated to an Atlas V rocket. It is scheduled to launch on Sept. 18, 2013.  AEHF is a Joint-service system that provides survivable, near world-wide, secure, protected, and jam-resistant communications for high-priority National military operations. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)

Workers prepare the U.S. Air Force's third Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite for launch near Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The space vehicle was encapsulated into its fairing Aug. 27, 2013, before being mated to an Atlas V rocket. It is scheduled to launch on Sept. 18, 2013. AEHF is a Joint-service system that provides survivable, near world-wide, secure, protected, and jam-resistant communications for high-priority National military operations. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)

Workers prepare the U.S. Air Force's third Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite for launch near Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The space vehicle was encapsulated into its fairing Aug. 27, 2013, before being mated to an Atlas V rocket. It is scheduled to launch on Sept. 18, 2013.  AEHF is a Joint-service system that provides survivable, near world-wide, secure, protected, and jam-resistant communications for high-priority National military operations. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)

Workers prepare the U.S. Air Force's third Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite for launch near Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The space vehicle was encapsulated into its fairing Aug. 27, 2013, before being mated to an Atlas V rocket. It is scheduled to launch on Sept. 18, 2013. AEHF is a Joint-service system that provides survivable, near world-wide, secure, protected, and jam-resistant communications for high-priority National military operations. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)

Workers prepare the U.S. Air Force's third Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite for launch near Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The space vehicle was encapsulated into its fairing Aug. 27, 2013, before being mated to an Atlas V rocket. It is scheduled to launch on Sept. 18, 2013.  AEHF is a Joint-service system that provides survivable, near world-wide, secure, protected, and jam-resistant communications for high-priority National military operations. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)

Workers prepare the U.S. Air Force's third Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite for launch near Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The space vehicle was encapsulated into its fairing Aug. 27, 2013, before being mated to an Atlas V rocket. It is scheduled to launch on Sept. 18, 2013. AEHF is a Joint-service system that provides survivable, near world-wide, secure, protected, and jam-resistant communications for high-priority National military operations. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The U.S. Air Force's third Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite is getting ready for launch Sept. 18, 2013, aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. AEHF is a joint-service system that provides survivable, near world-wide, secure, protected, and jam-resistant communications for high-priority National military operations. (Photos courtesy of Lockheed Martin)