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AEHF 2 (Advanced Extremely High Frequency) is a U.S. Air Force communications satellite launched on 4 May 2012 from Cape Canaveral at 18:42 UT. The satellite was launched by an Atlas 5 rocket and weighed 6154 kg. AEHF 2 is the second of four Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellites that will replace the earlier Milstar system. The AEHF spacecraft will provide highly-secure communication and has more capacity and faster data rates that will benefit tactical military communications, enabling higher quality maps, targeting data and live video to be transmitted ensuring a survivable line of contact in times of nuclear warfare. The craft has a 14-year design life.

Alternate Names

  • 38254
  • AEHF2
  • USA 235

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2012-05-04
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 6154 kg


  • Surveillance and Other Military

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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