Thu, 8 December 2016

Boeing WGS-8 Satellite Nearly Doubles Bandwidth for Military Users

Boeing says its eighth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite will provide nearly twice as much communications bandwidth as previous WGS satellites due to an upgraded digital payload.

WGS-8, which was launched on Wednesday by a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket, will aid in fulfilling the increasing demand for high-data rate communications of military around the globe.

Boeing WGS-8 Satellite Nearly Doubles Bandwidth for Military Users.

Not only does WGS-8s cutting edge digital payload nearly double the satellites bandwidth, but the U.S. government was able to realize more than $150 million in savings for WGS-7 through WGS-10 through fixed-price block purchases and commercial operating practices, said Dan Hart, Boeing vice president, Government Satellite Systems. Weve been able to both increase the capability and reduce the per-unit cost with each new WGS satellite weve delivered, making WGS, by far, the most cost-effective asset for military communications.

During the past two years Boeing has made significant improvements to its satellite products. Those include increasing bandwidth and capacity, incorporating independently steerable and shapeable beams that can point bandwidth to where its most needed, deploying all-electric propulsion satellites, and stacking and launching together two satellites.

The WGS-9 satellite, funded through an international partnership between the United States, Canada, Denmark, Luxembourg, Netherlands and New Zealand will be launched early next year.

Boeing is on contract for a total of 10 WGS satellites.

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