Sixth Boeing Military Wideband Satellite Lifts Off; Dave Madden Comments

SatelliteAirForceGPSA Boeing-made global communications satellite launched Wednesday aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, Reuters reported Wednesday.

Irene Klotz writes the Wideband Global SATCOM satellite program is a partnership between the U.S. Air Force and allies such as Australia, who provided $707 million in funds for the launched satellite.

Dave Madden, Air Force director of military satellite communications, told Reuters that WGS aims to help users communicate via different radio frequencies.

WGS satellites work to relay videos, data and images between military bases worldwide.

Klotz reports Australia provided funds to Boeing for development and to ULA, a Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture, to lift the rocket into space.

In return, Australia gets to use a portion of the WGS spectrum through 2029, the report says.

“This sharing of resources is very consistent with what the Department of Defense wants to do to form stronger coalitions with our allied partnerships, to share costs of operations,” Madden told Reuters.

The Air Force is also collaborating with Denmark, Netherlands, Luxemburg, Canada and New Zealand for WGS-9, according to Reuters.

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