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SMC Releases WGS-5 Satellite to Operational Constellation

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- An artist's rendering of a Wideband Global Satcom satellite. The 3rd Space Operations Squadron has been testing a satellite situational awareness tool known as Blue Force Status for the past two years using data collected from WGS satellites. (courtesy graphic)

An artist's rendering of a Wideband Global Satcom satellite.

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 Space and Missile Systems Center recommended to HQ Air Force Space Command the release of WGS-5 communications satellite to the operational constellation. This significant achievement reflects the successful collaboration between numerous organizations including the Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Army Space and Missile Defense Command /Army Forces Strategic Command, and the Boeing Company.

WGS provides flexible, high-capacity communications for marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen throughout the world. WGS is a key enabler of Command and Control, Communications Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, as well as battle management and combat support information functions. WGS-5 is the fifth of ten planned satellites in the wideband constellation, and it was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., May 24.

WGS-5 is at its operational orbit location providing coverage over the Atlantic Ocean for the European theater and full coverage of the CONUS for the first time.
 
"I am proud of the tremendous dedication and commitment of the Military Satellite Communications Wideband Division as we field this critical communication capability," said Charlotte Gerhart, Wideband Global SATCOM Division chief. "The success of WGS-5 is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire Wideband SATCOM team."

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@losangeles.af.mil or call 310-653-2367/1132/2479