Boeing [NYSE: BA] says that the U.S. Air Force accepted control of the third Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) military communications satellite, after the spacecraft passed several weeks of rigorous on-orbit tests.
WGS is the U.S. Department of Defense’s highest-capacity satellite communications system. WGS-3 completes the initial constellation of three spacecraft, which will provide broadband communications to every theater of operation around the world.
“Knowledge is power, especially on the battlefield, where the ability to quickly communicate large amounts of information can make a world of difference to mission success, ” said Air Force Col. Don Robbins, WGS Group Commander. “With their wide bandwidth and high throughput, WGS satellites are game-changers that give our warfighters a distinct advantage.”