Ninth Boeing-Built Wideband Global SATCOM Satellite to Expand Military Communications Capabilities for U.S., Allies
(Source: Boeing Co.; issued March 18, 2017)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. --- Boeing’s ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite launched into orbit today and will provide the United States and six allied nations with increased communications capabilities to prevent, protect against and respond to attacks.

The WGS-9 satellite was funded through an agreement between the United States and Canada, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and New Zealand, and will also serve Australia (which funded the WGS-6 satellite). Each partner country gains access to the capabilities provided by the full WGS system, which include flexible and secure communication transmissions in the X- and Ka-band frequencies.

“This unique international collaboration increases military interoperability and expands affordable high-data-rate communications for U.S. and allied partners around the globe,” said Rico Attanasio, executive director, Boeing Department of Defense/Civil Satellite Programs. “WGS-9 is among the most capable military communication satellites on orbit today.”

WGS-9 launched on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket. Boeing is on contract for 10 WGS satellites, the last of which is tentatively scheduled for launch in 2018.

The eighth, ninth and tenth WGS satellites include upgraded digital channelizers that nearly double the available bandwidth of earlier satellites in the series.

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New Satellite to Enhance Communications Capabilities for Canadian Armed Forces
(Source: Canadian Ministry of National Defence; issued March 19, 2017)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida --- Representatives from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and Department of National Defence were on hand at Cape Canaveral, Florida, March 18, to witness the launch of the ninth Wideband Global Satellite Communication (WGS-9) constellation satellite. The satellite will aid in meeting CAF strategic satellite communications (Satcom) requirements for many years into the future.

Canada contributed $340 million to the development of the WGS-9 program, which represents the largest financial contribution of the five project partner nations. Canada’s participation was made under the Department of National Defence’s Mercury Global Project, which leverages the capabilities of eight other WGS satellites already in orbit.

Canada gained access to the WGS constellation in May 2013 and has used this capability to support the communications needs of several missions around the world.

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