Boeing delivers on-orbit satellite to USAF

Dec. 13, 2013 at 12:03 PM
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EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Dec. 13 (UPI) -- A sixth wideband global satellite to boost communications capabilities of the U.S. military and its allies has been delivered on-orbit to the U.S. Air Force.

Boeing said the communications satellite, the second it delivered this year, was launched in early August and was funded by Australia, which had immediate access to the wideband satellite system.

Australia is the first foreign partner in the WSG program.

"The first six WGS satellites are giving warfighters quick and reliable access to information, and we continue our commitment to providing the same level of quality and value on the remaining WGS satellites," said Craig Cooning, vice president and general manager of Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems.

Boeing said four additional WGS satellites are in production at its facility in El Segundo, Calif., under the program's Block II follow-on contract. WGS-8 and beyond will include an upgraded digital channelizer to increase the satellite's bandwidth by more than 90 percent.

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