The Delta 4 carrying the Wideband Global Satcom 9 satellite lifted off at 8:18 EDT.
U.S. Air Force Space Command is looking to increase its partnership with industry, even preparing to bring in commercial operators to help run the Wideband Global Satcom constellation, the AFSC vice commander said March 8.
The launch was scheduled for March 8, carrying WGS-9, the Air Force’s next Wideband Global Satcom satellite.
The Defense Department has officially begun a study on what to do after the WGS satellite program wraps up.
Boeing and Engility received multi-million contract options to support U.S. Air Force space operations.
The next Wideband Global Satcom satellite is ready for a planned Dec. 7 launch, U.S. Air Force officials told reporters during a press call-in Tuesday.
The Canadian official who negotiated Canada’s entry into the U.S. Wideband Global System (WGS) on Nov. 10 said the U.S. Defense Department has become much more open to international partnerships than it used to be.
U.S. Air Force satellite communications experts on Nov. 9 deployed to London to persuade an international audience that the U.S. Defense Department, despite a painful slowness, is making progress on bringing international partners into the design and operation of military telecommunications satellites.
The Canadian military will buy portable satellite communications terminals to allow its commanders on overseas mission to make use of the U.S. Air Force’s Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) military satellite communications system.
The U.S. Air Force has awarded contracts worth a total of $110 million to Raytheon, L-3 and ViaSat to demonstrate that the Defense Department’s protected tactical waveform works with new modems and with military and commercial satellites.
In the last nine months, the Pentagon has overhauled its space governance structure, studied how to best reclassify some of its most secretive satellite programs and kicked off a the new process for evaluating next-generation satellite programs.
A defense authorization bill that cleared a U.S. Senate panel last week would prohibit the Air Force from spending $30 million this year to experiment with new ways of buying commercial satellite communications bandwidth unless the Pentagon can show the program will yield significant advantages over relying on the current generation of military-owned satellites.
The diversity, distribution and protection of orbital assets are essential attributes of resiliency that enhance the government’s integrated SATCOM architecture, ensuring the government can operate in all environments, even when contested.
United Launch Alliance will launch the Air Force’s final Wideband Global Satcom satellite aboard a Delta 4 rocket in 2018.
The Defense Department may abandon its practice of distinguishing between wideband, narrowband and protected communications on its next generation of tactical communications satellites, a top Pentagon official said March 7.