Boeing Hands Pentagon WGS Satellite 6, WGS-5 to Launch Wednesday

BoeingLogoBoeing has delivered the sixth wideband global satellite communications spacecraft to the Defense Department in preparation for its scheduled launch in 2013.

The company shipped the WGS-6 satellite from its facility in El Segundo, Calif. to Titusville, Fla. and the spacecraft will be tested, fueled and integrated before its launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., Boeing said Friday.

DoD aims for the satellite to expand bandwidth coverage for U.S. and allied forces, the company said.

WGS-6 is the second satellite Boeing has prepared for launch this year as WGS-5 is set to liftoff into space Wednesday.

Australia’s military will also have access to the WGS constellation, Boeing says.

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