Americaspace Launch Tracker WGS-9

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Previous U.S. Air Force WGS launch atop a ULA Delta-IV.
Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

Launch of Delta IV with payload WGS-9


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Launch of WGS-9 on a Delta IV rocket from Cape Canaveral AFB, FL launch complex LC-37B
Launch scheduled for 19 Mar 17 at 0:18 GMT
Local time 18 Mar 17 at 8:18pm Eastern

United Launch Alliance will launch a Delta IV rocket carrying the WGS-9 satellite for the United States Air Force.

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.
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