– Last updated Nov. 25, 2016 @ 11:00 a.m. EST
NEXT U.S. LAUNCH
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 )
- 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.
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