HomeNewsArticle Display

Fifth Wideband Global SATCOM Satellite Launched

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. (May 24, 2013) – In the second launch in just nine days for the U.S. Air Force, United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully launched a Delta IV rocket carrying the fifth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-5) satellite at 8:27 p.m. EDT today from Space Launch Complex-37. Wideband Global SATCOM provides anytime, anywhere communication for the warfighter through broadcast, multicast, and point to point connections. WGS is the only military satellite communications system that can support simultaneous X and Ka band communications. 
 
Photo by Pat Corkery, United Launch Alliance

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. (May 24, 2013) – In the second launch in just nine days for the U.S. Air Force, United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully launched a Delta IV rocket carrying the fifth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-5) satellite at 8:27 p.m. EDT today from Space Launch Complex-37. Wideband Global SATCOM provides anytime, anywhere communication for the warfighter through broadcast, multicast, and point to point connections. WGS is the only military satellite communications system that can support simultaneous X and Ka band communications. Photo by Pat Corkery, United Launch Alliance

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The U.S. Air Force's  fifth Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft (WGS-5) was successfully launched on a  United Launch Alliance Delta IV launch vehicle at Cape Canaveral Air Force  Station, Fla., on May 24, the first step in its journey to expand satellite  communications services to the warfighter.

Over the next several months, the satellite will undergo orbit-raising  activities to reach geosynchronous orbit and on-orbit testing to verify  nominal performance and prepare the satellite for operational use.  Ultimately, the satellite will be controlled by the U.S. Air Force's 3rd Space  Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. WGS-5 should enter operations by the end of 2013.

"WGS continues to meet user requirements and provides the highest capacity of  any DoD communications satellite," said Luke Schaub, chief Wideband SATCOM  division, MILSATCOM Systems directorate. "WGS is a vital piece of the  MILSATCOM enterprise consisting of WGS, Defense Satellite Communications system, Advanced Extremely High Frequency System, Minstar, and terminals  providing diversified communications services to soldiers, sailors, marines  and airmen around the world. This continued success is due to the hard work and dedication from the combined government and industry team."

The Space and Missile Systems Center, located at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the U.S. Air Force's center of acquisition excellence for acquiring  and developing military space systems including Global Positioning System,  military satellite communications, defense meteorological satellites, space  launch and range systems, satellite control network, space based infrared  systems, and space situational awareness capabilities.

Media representatives who would like to interview a subject matter expert or learn more about the WGS-5 satellite should send an e-mail to: smcpa.media@us.af.mil