Advanced Military Satellite Safely Reaches Orbit | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne/NBAA2014 10.22.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne/NBAA2014 10.22.14 **
** Airborne/NBAA2014 10.21.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne/NBAA2014 10.21.14 **
** Airborne/NBAA2014 10.20.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne/NBAA2014 10.20.14 **

Mon, Dec 07, 2009

Advanced Military Satellite Safely Reaches Orbit

Delta IV Launch Delivers Third Piece Of New Communications System

A new configuration of the Delta IV rocket left its Florida launch pad on Saturday around 8:47 pm carrying a next-generation Air Force satellite.   Lift-off occurred at the very end of a 90-minute launch window and after several days of delay caused by unfavorable weather around Cape Canaveral.

The success is good news for United Launch Alliance (ULA), a 2006 joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing.  ULA had never flown this specific configuration of the rocket with the larger 5-meter payload shroud and a total of 4 strap-on boosters.

ULA provides both the Atlas and Delta families of expendable rockets for the DOD and NASA.  The high success rate for ULA vehicles has been quoted in recent talk of revisions to NASA's moon plans. Improved versions of Delta and Atlas vehicles have been proposed as replacements for the Ares I rocket being developed internally by NASA.

The rocket's payload was the third Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-3) spacecraft, a $300 million, 6.5 ton satellite.  There are a total of six satellites being developed by defense departments in the US and Australia as a part of a new high-capacity communications system.

WGS replaces the current Defense Satellite Communication System (DSCS) that has been in operation for more than two decades.  The older system cannot process the high data rates common in today's technology.  Troops in Afghanistan and Iraq are already benefitting from vast improvements in communications provided by the two WGS spacecraft already in orbit, including downloads of up to 2.4 Gigabits/second.

Air Force Maj. Mark Hadley, a deputy program manager for WGS explained the impact of the new system on military capabilities. "It provides voice, data and commanding at about 10 times the data rate that was previously available," said Hadley. "It really is a game-changer."

FMI www.ULAlaunch.com and www.afspc.af.mil

Advertisement

More News

Game-Changing NBAA2014 Sponsor Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics!

Innovation Brings Safe, Certified, Nanophosphate® Lithium Batteries To New Business Aircraft True Blue Power is the first company in the world to achieve FAA TSO and EASA ETSO >[...]

Embraer’s Legacy 500 Receives FAA Certification

EASA Certification Expected Later This Year The FAA handed over certification papers for Embraer's Legacy 500 executive jet during a ceremony at the National Business Aviation Asso>[...]

Airborne at NBAA--10.21.14: NBAA2014 Opens, Eclipse Update, FJ44 TBO Increase

Also: Shuster/Hart Address NBAA, Gogo Means Business, BBJ Maxes Out, Hartzell Pulls Its Weight The NBAA Opening General Session featured two well-known names from Washington. Repre>[...]

Airborne at NBAA-10.22.14: Legacy 500, Universal InSight, BendixKing AeroWave

Also: GE Honda, Sagem's Active SideStick, Syberjet Update, Techno Aerospace Knows How to Party The FAA handed over certification papers for Embraer's Legacy 500 executive jet durin>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.23.14)

Experimental Balloon and Airship Association A loose congregation of aeronauts who have built, are flying or own any sort of Experimental, Ultralight or Homebuilt Lighter-Than-Air >[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC