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First WGS Satellite Launched

An Atlas V rocket carrying the first Wideband Global Satellite streaks into the Central Florida evening sky after liftoff from Space Launch Complex 41, Oct. 10. This first WGS satellite will provide more communications capability for the military than the entire Defense Satellite Communications System satellite constellation currently on orbit. (Photo by Chris Miller, Spaceflight Now.com)

An Atlas V rocket carrying the first Wideband Global Satellite streaks into the Central Florida evening sky after liftoff from Space Launch Complex 41, Oct. 10. This first WGS satellite will provide more communications capability for the military than the entire Defense Satellite Communications System satellite constellation currently on orbit. (Photo by Chris Miller, Spaceflight Now.com)

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- The Air Force launched the first of a new generation of military communications satellites, the Wideband Global SATCOM, aboard an Atlas V launch vehicle Oct. 10. (Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance )

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- The Air Force launched the first of a new generation of military communications satellites, the Wideband Global SATCOM, aboard an Atlas V launch vehicle Oct. 10. (Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance )