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WGS 7

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 2015-036A

Description

WGS F7 (USA 263) is a US military geostationary communications satellite that provides shaped, steerable spotbeams of bandwidth wherever requested across its field-of-view for X- and Ka-band frequencies, plus the onboard capability to switch signals from one band to the other. The X-band communications through DSCS and WGS allow data, photos and video to be relayed to troops on the battlefield. But WGS also brings Ka-band to the table for high-volume broadcasting to user terminals across the reception area. WGS is the Department of Defense's highest capacity communications satellite system. The satellites provide the needed capacity, coverage and connectivity in support of demanding operational scenarios for the Pentagon and allied forces around the world. Ten WGS satellites are being orbited in the Pentagon's efforts to replace the aging Defense Satellite Communication System with new technology. Each WGS has 10 times the capacity of a DSCS satellite, allowing users to process and receive data quicker than ever before.

Alternate Names

  • 40746
  • USA 263
  • WGS

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2015-07-24
Launch Vehicle: Delta IV
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States

Funding Agency

  • Department of Defense (United States)

Discipline

  • Communications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

 
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