CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A Delta IV rocket bloody off Saturday night (March 18) to broach a $445 million U.S. troops communications satellite into orbit, a ninth member of a designed network of 10 satellites.
Built and flown by United Launch Alliance, a 22-story high upholder carried off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station here during 8:18 p.m. EDT (0018 Mar 19 GMT), mountainous out over a Atlantic Ocean after a 34-minute check to solve an emanate with belligerent support equipment. United Launch Alliance is a partnership of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co.
Once in position some-more than 22,000 miles (35,400 km) above a equator, a satellite, famous as WGS-9, will join a constellation that provides a military’s top ability communications service.
The WGS network is used to send radio broadcasts, video conferences, images and other high-bandwidth information to and from ships, aircraft, belligerent forces, operations centers, a U.S. Department of State, a White House and name partners worldwide.
The booster support both X-band and Ka-band communications, that are tools of a electromagnetic spectrum used for information transmission. The satellites can seamlessly cranky a bands to accommodate voice, data, video and other forms of communications over a extended operation of ground-based and mobile terminals.
“WGS provides anytime, anywhere communications for soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and general partnership by broadcast, multicast and point-to-point connections,” pronounced Robert Tarleton, executive of a Military Satellite Communications Systems Directorate during Air Force Space Command in Los Angeles.
In sell for part-time use of a WGS network, Canada, Denmark, Luxembourg, a Netherlands and New Zealand picked adult a $442 million check to make WGS-9.
The United States has a identical partnership with Australia, that paid for a WGS-6 booster that was launched in 2013.
International partners accept proportional entrance to a bandwidth supposing by the WGS constellation formed on financial contribution, a Air Force said.
The 10th and final member of a WGS constellation is targeted for launch in late 2018.