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Air Force Takes Control of 5th Boeing Wideband Satellite; Craig Cooning Comments

Boeing Logo w-borderThe U.S. Air Force has started to operate the fifth Boeing-built (NYSE: BA) satellite in the Wideband Global SATCOM constellation after completing on-orbit testing.

WGS satellite six is scheduled to be handed over to the Air Force later this year and two satellites have launched in 2013, Boeing said Wednesday.

Craig Cooning, vice president and general manager of Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems, said the company built the satellite to connect warfighters to protected communications from any location.

WGS-5 is second spacecraft in the program’s upgraded block two series, the company said.

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