Air Force launches another Wideband Global SATCOM

The U.S. Air Force successfully launched the latest Boeing-built Wideband Global SATCOM satellite on Aug. 7. The sixth satellite in the WGS constellation is expected to become operational by early 2014. 

The satellite was launched aboard a Delta IV rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. WGS-5 was launched earlier this year and was deployed on May 24. 

“The demand for wideband satellite communications continues to increase,” Craig Cooning, vice president and general manager of Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems, said in a statement. An additional WGS spacecraft will complete the space network, Cooning added.

WGS provides X- and Ka-band protected communications capabilities to the Defense Department and international partners like the Australian Defence Force.

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