10/12/2012 - Peterson AFB, Colo. -- Air Force Space Command is celebrating its 30th Anniversary! Here is a significant milestone from the command's history ...
On 11 October 2007, the first Wideband Global SATCOM satellite was
launched by an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla. WGS is DoD's
highest capacity communications satellite providing increased bandwidth
and high data rate and long haul communications for marines, soldiers,
sailors and airmen worldwide. The 3rd Space Operations Squadron at
Schriever AFB, Colo., operates the WGS satellites.
The WGS system is a constellation of highly capable military
communications satellites that leverage cost-effective methods and
technological advances in the communications satellite industry. Each
WGS satellite provides service in both the X and Ka frequency bands,
with the unprecedented ability to cross-band between the two frequencies
onboard the satellite. Each WGS satellite is digitally channelized and
transponded. These characteristics provide a quantum leap in
communications capacity, connectivity and flexibility for U.S. military
forces and international partners while seamlessly integrating with
current and future X- and Ka-band terminals.
Just one WGS satellite provides more SATCOM capacity than the entire
DSCS constellation. International partners participating on the program
are Australia, Canada, Denmark, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and New