The U.S. Air Force has placed the first Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite into operation over the Pacific region. WGS is the first operational SATCOM system supporting the government‚â€™s transformational communications architecture. Each satellite has the capacity to transmit information at rates of over 3 GB/s – more than 10 times the capacity of the government‚â€™s Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS). During operational testing last month, the government successfully transmitted a record-breaking 440 Mbit/s communications test signal through the satellite.
‚â€œWGS-1 is the highest capacity Department of Defense communications satellite on orbit,‚â€ said Craig Cooning, vice president and general manager, Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems. WGS is also the world‚â€™s first satellite to incorporate multi-beam X-band communications through phased array antennas, and the first satellite capable of cross-banding signals between X-band and Ka-band.
The operational testing of WGS also demonstrated the satellite‚â€™s compatibility with a variety of ground-based terminals, validating WGS planning, management, and control concept of operations (CONOPS).
Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, The Boeing Company
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