U.S. Space Command to begin testing the last satellite of the AEHF-MILSTAR constellation

The sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-6) communications satellite successfully completed on-orbit testing Aug. 27.

WASHINGTON — The AEHF-6 military communications satellite launched March 26 has completed on-orbit testing and will be turned over to U.S. Space Command for additional tests before the spacecraft can be declared operational, the program manager told SpaceNews Sept. 16.

“We are going to start operational testing with the users,” said Col. John Dukes, head of the Space Production Corps’ Geosynchronous Orbit Division at the Space and Missile Systems Center.

The satellite’s manufacturer Lockheed Martin announced Sept. 15 that the sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-6) protected communications satellite successfully completed on-orbit testing Aug. 27.

“Now the users have to continue testing,” Dukes said.

The 4th Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, maintains and commands the 10-satellite AEHF-MILSTAR constellation that operates in geosynchronous Earth orbit

The satellites provide secret-level global communications services

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