On Thursday, March 26, the United States Space Force (USSF) launched the Atlas V rocket to bring the fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite into orbit.
Made last year in December, the Space Force is the newest branch of the U.S. armed forces. The branch, explained on the official site, is “a military service that organizes, trains, and equips space forces in order to protect U.S. and allied interests in space and to provide space capabilities to the joint force.”
If the name sounds familiar, you may have heard about them because of the fiasco surrounding the group’s logo. In January this year, the Space Force and President Trump were under fire after the reveal of the military branch’s logo. Many people thought that the logo suspiciously resembled the logo from the popular franchise Star Trek. This incident caused even more people to question the legitimacy of the Space Force.
Nevertheless, the branch was created, and it launched its first mission to complete the network of five AEHF satellites. The United Launch Alliance (ULA), a US launch service provider, says these five satellites provide “global, survivable, protected communications capabilities for strategic command and tactical warfighters operating on ground, sea and air platforms.”
Although this does seem like a practical reason and a successful first mission from the Space Force, do you think that the Space Force can be trusted after its extremely rocky start?
by Kevin Lee