Boeing WGS-5 Satellite Receives First Signals
[caption id="attachment_266" align="alignleft" width="239"] Launch of Alliance Delta IV vehicle May 24, 2013
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[Satellite TODAY 05-28-13] Boeing has received the first on-orbit signals from the fifth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite (WGS-5) it is delivering to the U.S. Air Force. The satellite will give warfighters greater access to faster, more secure communications that will help them complete their missions more safely and effectively.
After reaching final orbit, WGS-5 will complete several maneuvers and tests before beginning operations. WGS-5, part of the upgraded Block II series, will continue to extend the global reach of the WGS system to more users. The spacecraft and its ground terminals can operate in X- and Ka-band frequencies, and coverage areas can be shaped to meet users’ needs. WGS-5 also adds additional bandwidth to the system, addressing a critical need of the U.S. DoD.
“This satellite is going to strengthen an important tool that warfighters count on to be successful and safe,” said Craig Cooning, vice president and general manager of Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems.
WGS-5 launched on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV vehicle May 24 at 8:27 p.m. EST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Controllers in Australia confirmed initial contact with the spacecraft 59 minutes later, indicating that the vehicle was functioning normally and was ready to be moved into geosynchronous Earth orbit.