WGS fact sheet
AIR FORCE FACT SHEET
Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) provides flexible, high-capacity communications for the Nation's warfighters through operationalization of the Wideband Global SATCOM and associated control systems. WGS will provide a quantum leap in communications bandwidth for marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen.
Upon its first launch into geosynchronous orbit in 2007, WGS Space Vehicle (SV) 1 will be the Department of Defense's highest capacity communications satellite. A constellation of five satellites will provide service in both the X and Ka-band frequency spectrums. WGS will supplant X-band communications now provided by the Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) and one-way Ka-band service provided by the Global Broadcast Service (GBS). Additionally, WGS will provide a new two-way Ka-band service.
These digitally channelized and transponded satellites provide a quantum leap in communications capacity, connectivity and flexibility for U.S. military forces while seamlessly integrating with existing and programmed X- and Ka-band terminals.
WGS will provide essential communications services for Combatant Commanders to command and control their tactical forces. Tactical forces will rely on WGS to provide high-capacity connectivity into the terrestrial portion of the Defense Information Systems Network (DISN).
The first three WGS satellites will be launched in 2007 and 2008. Both the Delta 4 and Atlas 5 Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles (EELV) will be used. Satellites 4 and 5 are anticipated for launch in 2011 and 2012.
The Wideband Global SATCOM system is composed of three principal segments: Space Segment (satellites), Control Segment (operators) and Terminal Segment (users). The MILSATCOM Systems Wing (MCSW) is responsible for development, acquisition fielding and sustainment of the WGS Program.
(Current as of August 2007)
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