The U.S. Air Force’s fourth Boeing-built Wideband Global Satellite (WGS) was delivered Nov. 15 to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Fla., in preparation for a January launch.
The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center said in a Nov. 18 press release that WGS-4 would undergo final processing and encapsulation before being transported to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., where it is slated to lift off Jan. 19 atop a4 rocket.
Three WGS satellites built by El Segundo, Calif.-based Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems are currently on orbit. The company is under contract to deliver a total of seven spacecraft and order long lead parts for an eighth. The Air Force holds an option to order a ninth WGS satellite as part of an expanded contract awarded in September.