WGS 6 military comsat is launched by Delta IV for USA and Australia

by | Aug 8, 2013 | commercial launch services, Satellites | 0 comments

The WGS 6 (Block II) military communications satellite which is part of the Wideband Global Satcom constellation for the US Air Force, was launched by a Delta IVM+ 5,4 launch vehicle at 0029 GMT on 8 August 2012 from Cape Canveral, Florida, USA.  The spacecraft was launched into a supersyncronous transfer orbit which allows a more efficient inclination removal as it  moves itself  using its conventional chemical engines and xenon thrusters to its final GEO orbit.

The Boeing-built WGS 6 spacecraft and United Launch Alliance-provided launch were, in fact, mainly funded by the Australian Defence Force in return for access to the WGS communications system.

 

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