2016 U.S. Space Launch Manifest

AmericaSpace photo launch of ULA United Launch Alliance Delta IV Medium Wideband Gloabl Satcom WGS 6 photo credit: Alan Walters AmericaSpace

ATK solid rocket motors adding an extra boost for launching a ULA Delta-IV rocket for the U.S. Government. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

–  Last updated Nov. 25, 2016 @ 11:00 a.m. EST




wgs8_stickerart_websiteMission: ULA / WGS-8 Satellite (USAF)
– Launch Vehicle: Delta-IV Medium+ (5,4) Rocket
– Launch Site:  SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral AFS, FL

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) configuration rocket will launch the eighth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-8) mission for the U.S. Air Force. Liftoff is currently scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

WGS-8 will mark ULA’s 70th national security launch since the company was founded in 2006. This is the sixth flight in the Medium+ (5,4) configuration; all launches in this configuration were WGS missions.

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WGS satellites are important elements of a high-capacity satellite communications system providing enhanced communications capabilities to America’s troops in the field for the next decade and beyond. WGS enables more robust and flexible execution of Command and Control, Communications Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), as well as battle management and combat support information functions. The WGS constellation augments the existing service available through the UHF Follow-on satellite by providing enhanced information broadcast capabilities.



2016 U.S. LAUNCH MANIFEST ( company / rocket / payload / launch time )


Cape Canaveral Air Force Station & Kennedy Space Center, Florida

  • DEC 7 – ULA / Delta-IV Medium+ (5,4) / WGS-8 satellite for USAF / time TBD
  • DEC 12 – Orbital ATK / Pegasus air launch / NASA’s CYGNSS satellite / 8:00am – 9:00 am EST
  • DEC 16 – ULA / Atlas-V 431 rocket / EchoStar-19 satellite / Launch Window TBD

    All SpaceX launches are TBD while investigations continue into the Sep 1 AMOS-6 accident.


Vandenberg Air Force Base, California



Wallops Flight Facility, VA