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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 19 June 2009
Total Production: 11
Unitary Cost: USD$500 million
Also Known As: Boeing 702, WGS Block I, WGS Block II, Wideband Gapfiller System and Wideband Global SATCOM
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Boeing
Parent System: WGS
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 19 June 2009
Total Production: 11
Total Cost: USD$3.5 billion
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Description: The Wideband Gapfiller Satellites (WGS) is a high-capacity satellite communications system that will support the US warfighters with newer and greater wideband communications than provided by existing systems. The communications increase compared with legacy systems such as MILSTAR would be approximately 10-fold. They are based on commercial Boeing 702 spacecraft platform and the entire program is being funded by the US Air Force and the US Army. The spacecraft's solar panels provide 13-kilowatt of power supply.

The $336 million initial production contract, awarded in March 2002, called for three spacecraft with options for three additional units, but subsequent plans envisaged that only five WGS satellites would be necessary to put into orbit. Each WGS is expected to provide a tenfold increase in wideband capacity over current orbiting systems such as DSCS or MILSTAR. The US government expects that WGS will introduce transformational capabilities into the US military global communications architecture.

The first satellite was slated for launch by mid-2005 carried by a Delta IV rocket but this date was slipped due to a manufacturing process problem which pushed back the launch date. The manufacturing problem focused on the satellite's fastener which were scheduled to be replaced. According to November 2005 SAR report, the entire constellation should be reaching initial operational capability (IOC) by March 2009. The full operational capability is still to be determined by the USAF. This joint services program also includes ground control equipment and associated logistics support services and equipment.

In February 2006 the US Air Force awarded Boeing a $148 million contract to begin work on the fourth WGS satellite, called the WGS F4. According to the most recent schedule the first spacecraft, WGS F1, launch was set for June 2007.

On 18 October 2006 the US Air Force awarded Boeing a $1.07 billion contract for up to three more WGS Block II satellites. These satellites are in addition to three previously awarded WGS Block I spacecrafts. Block II will include a new radio frequency bypass capability designed to support airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms requiring ultra-high bandwidth and data rates demanded by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The Block II satellites will transmit data at approximately more than three times the data rate of Block I satellites. Launch of F4 satellite is slated for 2011, F5 in 2012 and F6 in 2013.

The US Air Force executed the option on the fourth WGS satellite (known as WGS-4) through a $299.8 million production contract November 9, 2006. WGS-4 launch was slated for early 2011.

WGS Specifications

Data Transfer Rate
Data Transfer Rate: 311 Kbps (0.00 Gbps)
Power Consumption: 13 kW
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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WGS News

There are 22 news between
18 Oct 2006 and 19 Apr 2019
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Friday, April 19, 2019US Air Force Orders 11th Wideband Global Satellite Communication Space Vehicle
Monday, July 10, 2017Australian Defence Force to Get Next-Generation Satellite Communications
Wednesday, December 7, 2016United States WGS-8 Satellite Nearly Doubles Bandwidth for Military Users
Tuesday, November 4, 2014Boeing Completes Testing on New Anti-Jamming Technology
Monday, July 30, 2012US Air Force Awards Boeing Contract for 10th WGS Satellite
Wednesday, January 18, 2012US Air Force Authorizes Boeing to Produce the 8th and 9th WGS Satellites
Canada, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and New Zealand Join Wideband Global Satellite Partnership
Tuesday, September 13, 2011Boeing Receives Order for 7th, 8th and 9th Wideband Global SATCOM Spacecrafts
Monday, October 18, 2010Raytheon Receives First Production Order for the US Navy Multiband Terminal
Monday, August 23, 2010Boeing Awarded Contract for Seventh Wideband Global SATCOM Spacecraft

Operators & Related Equipment

Australia joined the WGS program in November 2007 as a partner nation
Dec 20131
United States of America10
Mar 20199
Mar 20178
Dec 20167
Dec 20136
Aug 20103

Grand Total 117

WGS Spacecraft Listing

SerialCountry - Launch Rocket - SiteStatusLaunch DateOperationalRetired
WGS SV-1 Atlas V - Cape Canaveral Air Force Station10 Oct 200728 Jan 2008-
WGS SV-2 Atlas V - Cape Canaveral Air Force Station3 Apr 200919 Jun 2009-
WGS SV-3 Delta IV - Cape Canaveral Air Force Station5 Dec 20092 Aug 2010-
WGS SV-4 Delta IV - Cape Canaveral Air Force Station19 Jan 201211 Apr 2012-
WGS SV-5 Delta IV - Cape Canaveral Air Force Station24 May 20132 Oct 2013-
WGS SV-7 Delta IV - Cape Canaveral Air Force Station23 Jul 2015Aug 2015-
WGS SV-8 Delta IV - Cape Canaveral Air Force Station7 Dec 2016Jan 2017-
WGS SV-9 Delta IV - Cape Canaveral Air Force Station18 Mar 2017Apr 2017-
WGS SV-10 Delta IV - Cape Canaveral Air Force Station15 Mar 2019Apr 2019-
WGS SV-11 Delta IV - Cape Canaveral Air Force Station20242024-
WGS SV-6 Delta III - Cape Canaveral Air Force Station7 Aug 201312 Dec 2013-

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