Advanced Extremely High Frequency Satellite
The proposal to form the U.S. Space Force is rooted in protecting America’s space advantages and in ensuring such advantages continue, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan said during a roundtable discussion with Pentagon reporters, Aug. 9, 2018. Pictured is an artist's rendering of the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite. AEHF-1 launched Aug. 14, 2010, and reached its operational geosynchronous earth orbit Oct. 24, 2011. DoD image by the Space and Missile Systems Center courtesy of the 50th Space Wing.