A Boeing communications satellite for the U.S. Air Force launched into space Friday and transmitted its first on-orbit signals to controllers in Australia within the first hour of liftoff.
The fifth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite is intended to help the Air Force link troops to secure communications worldwide, Boeing said Friday.
WGS-5 launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. and its first signals indicated proper functioning as it prepares to transition into geosynchronous Earth orbit, according to the company.
This satellite is part of the Block II series and aims to grow the global coverage of the WGS system with additional bandwidth to fulfill the Defense Department’s demands.
WGS-5 and its ground terminals are designed to operate in the X- and Ka-band frequencies, Boeing said.