Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Air Force’s fifth Wideband Global Satellite to undergo final processing, encapsulation

The fifth Wideband Global Satellite communication spaceprobe of the U.S Air Force Space Command Space and Missile System Center has finally arrived at the Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida. The WSG-5 satellite will be subjected to final processing and encapsulation at Astrotech Corporation, then will be transported to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The satellite is scheduled to be launched aboard a Delta IV launch vehicle once the booster is cleared for flight.

As the only military satellite communication system, Wideband Global Satellite can support simultaneous X- and Ka-band communications, with cross banding that makes communication across terminal types transparent to the warfighter. Presently, the military satellite collects and routes real-time data using X-band, K-band, and switchable X-/Ka-band terminals being used for strategic, tactical and comm-on-the-move communications.

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