US Air Force Launches Advanced Military Communication Satellite

Rodiano Bonacci
Marzo 16, 2019

The U.S. Air Force is about to close out the week with the launch of a shiny new Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) communications satellite, and it's using a Delta IV rocket from United Launch Alliance to make it happen.

The launch was one of the last of this version of the 218-foot Delta IV. The stream window below will go live at around 6:30 p.m. EDT. The rocket's second stage executed a series of engine burns to properly position the payload. Just minutes later, ULA announced a problem with NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System "will delay liftoff beyond our new. launch time".

As you've probably already gathered by the fact that the satellite is a piece of Air Force hardware, the new equipment will become a part of an advanced network that is used by the military.

The launch should be a relatively smooth affair, and the ULA has completed several such launches over the past few years.

"ULA is proud to be the exclusive launch provider for all 10 WGS missions", said Gary Wentz, ULA vice president of government and commercial programs, in a press release.

The Boeing-built WGS satellites provide extensive communications coverage across a full spectrum of bandwidths.

The launch is scheduled for 6:56 p.m. The satellite is the 10th in a constellation that will provide connectivity for USA military communications around the globe.

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