5 nations expected to join wideband satellite program

The United States is close to wrapping up an agreement with five more nations to support the Wideband Global Satellite (WGS) constellation program, reports Aviation Week. The names of those nations have not been disclosed.

A memorandum of agreement among five nations in addition to the U.S. should be signed by Jan. 17, said Dave Madden, who oversees the Air Force’s military satellite communications program office at Los Angeles Air Force Base, reports the publication.

The nations would join Australia, the one other nation currently supporting the program, in helping to buy a tenth satellite, and in return would receive a portion of the bandwidth from the WGS constellation, Aviation Week said.

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