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6th WGS satellite takes orbit, provides access for Aussies

Dec. 16, 2013 - 03:45AM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
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The sixth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite has been delivered on orbit to the U.S. Air Force. Australia funded the WGS-6 satellite, which provides the Australian Defense Force access to the WGS network, according to a Boeing news release.

WGS-6, which was launched August 7, is the second WGS satellite delivered to the U.S. Air Force this year. Four more are in production under the program’s Block II follow-on contract.

WGS-8 and beyond will include an upgraded digital channelizer to almost double the satellite’s bandwidth, according to Boeing.

“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 of Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems.

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