At 4:18 p.m. on March 26, Space Force launched its first satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, according to Popular Mechanics. Though the mission launch was first slated for 2:57 p.m., a poor amplifier card on a ground system pump controller caused the delay. The new military satellite designed by Lockheed Martin will provide protected communications to the U.S. military and national leaders.
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— Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett (@SecAFOfficial) March 26, 2020
The piece of machinery that caused the delay, a faulty hydraulic accumulator, serves to collect fluid which is kept under pressure to store energy. The issue was spotted with 46 seconds left to lift off. After the problem was resolved, the launch was able to go forward.
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