Boeing Launches WGS-8 Satellite
Nearly 9 billion dollars was added to Boeing’s Wideband Global Satcom contract by the U.S. Air Force. This money will help to maintain and operate the constellation satellite system through 2017. This information was released by Department of Defense on the 19th of December.
Currently, constellation is the military’s primary satellite system for Ka- and X-band communications. These satellites from Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems, are built in El Segundo, California and are expected to be on contract until 2019. That’s when the tenth and final satellite will be expected to launch. The latest satellite was number 8, and launched on the 7th of December. Overseeing the contract is the Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles.
For more information see Space News
And for even more information on the program, and a super 1.1 MB download of the feature photo (from Boeing), See the Boeing WGS-8 Satellite webpage.