– Last updated March 16, 2017 @ 2:00 p.m. EDT
NEXT U.S. LAUNCH
– Mission: ULA / WGS-9 satellite for the U.S. Air Force
– Launch Vehicle: Delta-IV Rocket
– Launch Site: SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral AFS, FL
A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) rocket is scheduled to launch the ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9) mission for the U.S. Air Force on Saturday, March 18, 2017, from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
The launch window is 7:44-8:59 p.m. EDT.
The Delta IV will fly in the medium+ configuration with a single common core booster, four strap-on solid rocket boosters, and a 5 meter payload fairing.
WGS satellites are important elements of a new high-capacity satellite communications system providing enhanced communications capabilities to our troops in the field. WGS has 19 independent coverage areas, 18 of which can be positioned throughout its field-of-view. This includes eight steerable/shapeable X-band beams formed by separate transmit/receive phased arrays; 10 Ka-band beams served by independently steerable diplexed antennas; and one transmit/receive X-band Earth-coverage beam. WGS can tailor coverage areas and connect X-band and Ka-band users anywhere within its field-of-view. The X-band phased array antenna enables anti-jam functionality without sacrificing performance.”
Follow our WGS-9 Launch Tracker for regular updates and LIVE COVERAGE on launch day!
2017 U.S. LAUNCH MANIFEST ( company / rocket / payload / launch time )
- MARCH 18: ULA / Delta-IV Medium+ (5,4) / WGS-9 Satellite for USAF / 7:44pm-8:59pm EDT
- MARCH 23: ULA / Atlas-V 401 / Cygnus OA-7 NASA ISS Resupply / 9:00pm EDT
- TBD: SpaceX / Falcon-9 / SES 10 Satellite / time & date TBD
- TBD: SpaceX / Falcon Heavy Inaugural Launch / time & date TBD
All SpaceX launches are TBD, the company does not release an annual manifest schedule and details.
- JUNE TBD: SpaceX / Falcon-9 / Dragon CRS-11 NASA ISS Resupply / time & date TBD
- JUNE TBD: ULA / Atlas-V 531 / Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-4) satellite / time & date TBD
- AUG TBD: ULA / Atlas-V 401 / NASA’s TDRS-M satellite / time & date TBD
- AUG TBD: SpaceX / Falcon Heavy / STP-2 military and scientific satellites for USAF / time & date TBD
- AUG TBD: ULA / Atlas-V 421 / Classified Payload NROL-52 for the NRO / time & date TBD
- SEP TBD: SpaceX / Falcon-9 / Dragon CRS-13 NASA ISS Resupply / time & date TBD
- NOV TBD: ULA / Atlas-V 411 / SBIRS GEO 4 satellite for USAF / time & date TBD
- TBD: SpaceX / Falcon-9 / Iridium Next 11-20 Satellites / time & date TBD
- JUNE TBD: ULA / Atlas-V 541 / Classified Payload NROL-42 for the NRO / time & date TBD
- SEP TBD: ULA / Delta-II / JPSS-1 satellite for NOAA / time & date TBD
- OCT TBD: ULA / Delta-IV Medium+ (5,2) / Classified Payload NROL-47 for the NRO / time & date TBD
Wallops Flight Facility, VA
- JULY TBD: Orbital ATK / Antares / Cygnus OA-8 NASA ISS Resupply / time & date TBD
- NOV TBD: Orbital ATK / Antares / Cygnus OA-9 NASA ISS Resupply / time & date TBD