Boeing (NYSE: BA) has won the National Space Club’s 2010 Nelson P. Jackson Award for fielding the first three Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft, the highest-capacity military communications satellites in the U.S. Department of Defense arsenal.
The National Space Club is a nonprofit organization that fosters excellence in space activities by promoting interaction between industry and government. The Nelson P. Jackson Award, named after the club’s founder, is presented for outstanding contributions in the fields of space, missiles or aircraft.
Each WGS satellite has more than 10 times the capacity of a Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) III satellite, the system WGS will eventually replace. WGS-1 was launched in 2007; WGS-2 and WGS-3 were launched in 2009. The three spacecraft are exceeding all customer payload requirements as they provide high-performance broadband communications to U.S. warfighters and their allies in the major theaters of operation around the world.
“Under the WGS contract, Boeing has delivered three satellites to the Air Force that are already providing critical service to the warfighter, ” said Craig Cooning, vice president and general manager of Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems. “With a total of six satellites under contract, Boeing is meeting and exceeding all financial and schedule commitments on the WGS program, so it’s gratifying to see the program achieve this industry honor.