Third US Air Force WGS Satellite Enters Service

4 August 2010 (Last Updated August 4th, 2010 18:30)

The third wideband global SATCOM (WGS) military communications satellite developed by Boeing has entered service with the US Air Force. The WGS-3 satellite will now be part of a constellation that will deliver significantly improved broadband communications to the US military forces and

The third wideband global SATCOM (WGS) military communications satellite developed by Boeing has entered service with the US Air Force.

The WGS-3 satellite will now be part of a constellation that will deliver significantly improved broadband communications to the US military forces and their allies in operations worldwide.

WGS-3 is the US Department of Defense’s highest-capacity satellite communications system.

The system will provide high-data-rate communications links to support delivery of full-motion video captured by unmanned aerial vehicles, e-mail, television and other quality-of-life services for US warfighters overseas.

It can interconnect X-band and Ka-band users, deliver service to new users within days, and be repositioned on orbit if necessary to meet changing mission requirements.

The WGS-3 is the final satellite in the block I series and will be located over the Atlantic Ocean.