ILS Gets Go Ahead For Launch of Military’s WGS-3 Satellite
The U.S. Air Force has authorized International Launch Services (ILS) to begin integrating the Wideband Gapfiller Satellite #3 (WGS-3) with the Atlas V rocket, as the second mission ordered from the company under the government’s evolved expendable launch vehicle (EELV) program.
WGS-3 is planned for launch in early 2006 on the Atlas V built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]. In February, the Air Force authorized ILS to begin integration of WGS-2, now set for launch in late 2005. Both WGS missions will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. ILS has been assigned 17 government missions under the Air Force’s EELV program.
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