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A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket boosted a high-power military communications satellite into space Thursday, the sixth and final relay station in a jam-resistant, blast-hardened constellation valued at more than $11 billion. The flight was the first national security space launch under authority of the newly established U.S. Space Force , carried out amid extensive precautions at the Cape Canaveral launch site to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus . The Air Force and ULA reduced the number of on-site personnel by 20-25% respectively while implementing social distancing and other safety protocols for those who remained. A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket climbs away from... Full story

27 March