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WGS 10

NSSDCA ID: 2019-014A
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Description

The 10th Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-10) satellite, the fourth Block II follow-on satellite, supports communications links in the X-band and Ka-band spectra. While Block I and II satellites can instantaneously filter and downlink up to 4.410 GHz, WGS-10 can filter and downlink up to 8.088 GHz of bandwidth. Depending on the mix of ground terminals, data rates and modulation and coding schemes employed, a single WGS satellite can support data transmission rates over 6 Gbps, and WGS-10 with its advanced digital channelizer may support over 11 Gbps.

The Air Force said the addition of a 10th satellite makes the WGS constellation the nation’s highest-capacity military communications system. It is operated by the U.S. Air Force’s 4th Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. International partners participating in the WGS program include Australia, Canada, Denmark, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and New Zealand.

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    Facts in Brief

    Launch Date: 2019-03-15
    Launch Vehicle: Delta IV
    Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States

    Funding Agency

    • United States Air Force Academy (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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