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ULA Successfully Launches WGS-10 Satellite

By | March 18, 2019
A ULA Delta IV lifting off, carrying the WGS-10 satellite. Photo: ULA

A ULA Delta IV lifting off, carrying the WGS-10 satellite. Photo: ULA

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying the WGS-10 satellite for the U.S. Air Force successfully lifted off from Space Launch Complex-37 on March 15 at 8:26 p.m. EDT. According to the release, ULA has been the exclusive launch provider for all 10 Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) satellites.

The WGS-10 satellite, built by Boeing, is an important element of the new high-capacity satellite communications system. Each WGS satellite provides more wideband communications capacity than the entire Defense Satellite Communications System.

This mission launched aboard a Delta IV Medium+ configuration vehicle with a five-meter payload fairing. The common booster core and  Delta Cryogenic Second Stage was supplied by Aerojet Rocketdyne. Northrop Grumman provided the four solid rocket motors.

“We are very proud to deliver this critical asset to orbit in support of the U.S. and Allied warfighters deployed around the world defending our national security,” said Gary Wentz, ULA vice president of Government and Commercial Programs. “Thank you to the entire ULA team and mission partners for their outstanding teamwork and dedication to mission success.”