EL SEGUNDO, Calif., March 5 (UPI) -- Boeing marked a milestone with its third Wideband Global Satellite Communication system following a successful transfer of control to the U.S. Air Force.
U.S. defense contractor Boeing has been conducting functionality and payload tests of the WGS-3 Block II military communications satellite after its launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
Boeing says the WGS-3 passed the on-orbit tests and was transferred to the Air Force. The WGS-3 is designed to provide military users with next-generation broadband communication capabilities.
"Knowledge is power, especially on the battlefield, where the ability to quickly communicate large amounts of information can make a world of difference to mission success," Air Force Col. Don Robbins, WGS group commander, said in a statement.
"With their wide bandwidth and high throughput, WGS satellites are game-changers that give our warfighters a distinct advantage."