Boeing Satellite Systems of El Segundo, Calif., was awarded a $6.5 contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide storage for the third Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) satellite, according to a Sept. 14 Defense Department announcement.

The third WGS communications satellite is notionally scheduled to launch Nov. 18, Air Force Launch Range Systems Wing Commander Col. Gary Henry said in a Sept. 15 interview. The Air Force issued the contract to cover a potential launch delay, and the satellite will be shipped to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., by the end of September, Boeing spokesman Robert Pickard said. Boeing is under contract to build six of the satellites for the Air Force.