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U.S. Space Force launches satellite

Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 27, 2020
The U.S. military's newest branch has launched its first satellite, despite a technical glitch that forced a delay.
Cape Canaveral
Cape Canaveral   A rocket carrying a U.S. Space Force communications satellite
A rocket carrying a U.S. Space Force communications satellite lifted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Thursday.

Topics: U.S. Space Force satellite

A hydraulic fault stopped the countdown for 80 minutes before the problem was fixed.

Lieutenant General John F Thompson, Commander of the Space and Missiles Systems Centre in California, explained why the launch was proceeding despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

"It is a really, really important launch," he said. "It's the very first launch for the US Space Force.

"There are critical things, or mission essential things, that the US Department of Defence does every day. Even in the face of a global pandemic we must continue to perform mission essential tasks.

"supports the president and other world leaders with critical communications around the planet. This launch extends that communication into a timeframe beyond 2030."