Defense

August 9, 2013

45th Space Wing launches satellite

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The 45th Space Wing successfully launched a United Launch Alliance-built Delta IV rocket carrying the sixth Wideband Global Satcom satellite at 8:29 p.m., Aug. 7 from Space Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

A combined team of military, government civilians and contractors from across the 45th SW provided support to the mission, including weather forecasts, launch and range operations, security, safety and public affairs.

The satellite will provide additional wideband†satellite communications†coverage for U.S. defense forces and international partners, to include Australia, which supported the cost of the sixth spacecraft under a partnership agreement.

The WGS system provides anytime, anywhere communication for the war fighter 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, with crossbanding that makes it transparent to the warfighter to communicate across terminal types.

WGS provides essential communication services, allowing Combatant Commanders to exert command and control of their tactical forces, from peacetime to military operations. Tactical forces will rely on WGS to provide high-capacity connectivity to the Defense Information Systems Network.

Brig. Gen. Nina Armagno the commander of the†45th SW†praised the entire, mission-focused team on the outstanding results.

“I am proud of the hard work of the 45th Space Wing, the Space and Missile Systems Center, United Launch Alliance, Boeing, our industry and mission partners and everyone involved in this
WGS-6 launch,” said Armagno, who also served as the Launch Decision Authority for the second time in less than three weeks.

The 45th SW also†launched a United Launch Alliance-built Atlas†V rocket carrying the second Mobile User Objective System satellite, built by Lockheed Martin, for the U.S. Navy from here July 19.

“Once again, our entire team worked hand-in-hand to make this another successful launch for the U.S. Air Force and our nation,” Armagno said.




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