Press Release

SMC Releases 5th Wideband Global SATCOM Satellite to Operations

By SpaceRef Editor
December 10, 2013
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LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, El Segundo, Calif. – The Space and Missile Systems Center recommended to HQ Air Force Space Command the release of WGS-5 communications satellite to the operational constellation.  This significant achievement reflects the successful collaboration between numerous organizations including the Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Army Space and Missile Defense Command /Army Forces Strategic Command, and the Boeing Company.

WGS provides flexible, high-capacity communications for marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen throughout the world.  WGS is a key enabler of Command and Control, Communications Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, as well as battle management and combat support information functions.  WGS-5 is the fifth of ten planned satellites in the wideband constellation, and it was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., 24 May 2013.

WGS-5 is at its operational orbit location providing coverage over the Atlantic Ocean for the European theater and full coverage of the CONUS for the first time.  “I am proud of the tremendous dedication and commitment of the Military Satellite Communications Wideband Division as we field this critical communication capability,” said Ms. Charlotte M. Gerhart, chief of the Wideband Global SATCOM Division.  “The success of WGS-5 is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire Wideband SATCOM team.”

SpaceRef staff editor.