Air Force Ready to Launch Tenth WGS Satellite

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The U.S. Air Force has scheduled another launch to enhance the Wideband Global SATCOM constellation, the nation’s highest-capacity military communications system.

The tenth WGS satellite will launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle on March 15 from Space Launch Complex 37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The launch window opens at 6:56 p.m. EDT and will remain open for 126 minutes.

“WGS-10’s launch is another giant step for military communications.  I am very proud to be a member of this team, and I’m looking forward to a successful launch. GO WIDEBAND!” said Steven Hayden, the government Wideband Global SATCOM Program Manager.

The demand for ever-increasing reliable and secure satellite communications has been at the forefront of the WGS mission. WGS provides communication connectivity across all mission areas, including air, land and naval warfare. Operated by the U.S. Air Force’s 4th Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., the WGS constellation delivers reliable and secure communications services worldwide 24 hours a day, seven days a week as a vital military asset to the U.S. and Allied forces. 

The Air Force is committed to providing capabilities to ensure Combatant Commanders receive the tools they need to effectively communicate and coordinate strategic and tactical operations against any adversary.

Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center, located at Los Angeles AFB in El Segundo, Calif., is the U.S. Air Force's center for acquiring and developing military space systems that focuses on dominating what is now a contested domain. Its portfolio includes GPS, military satellite communications, defense meteorological satellites, space launch and range systems, satellite control networks, space-based infrared systems, and space situational awareness capabilities.

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