Boeing has created a variant of its 702 communication satellite in an effort to increase the bandwidth and signal performance of a U.S. Air Force-operated Wideband Global Satcom System.
WGS-11 is a variant of the company's 702 satellite and designed to transmit multiple coverage beams that would follow flying aircraft, Boeing said Thursday.
New technology will allow the WGS-11 platform to support more military users who connect to the global network.
Troy Dawson, vice president of government satellite systems at Boeing, said the company designed WGS-11 to function in contested environments and aims to deliver the satellite to USAF in 2024.
The WGS constellation uses both X and Ka frequency bands to facilitate communications for U.S. and allied troops.