A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket launched the sixth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-6) satellite for the US Air Force at from Space Launch Complex-37 in Florida this week the JV said.
United Launch Alliance is a joint venture of US airframer Boeing (NYSE: BA) and US aerospace and defense firm Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT).
This is ULA´s seventh launch in 2013, the 73rd launch since the company was formed in December 2006, and the second WGS mission launch this year.
This mission was launched aboard a Delta IV Medium-plus configuration vehicle using a single ULA common booster core powered by an Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-68 main engine, along with four ATK GEM 60 solid rocket motors.
According to the alliance, the five-meter diameter upper stage was powered by an Aerojet Rocketdyne RL10B-2 engine with the satellite encapsulated in a five-meter diameter composite payload fairing. The WGS-6 launch marked the fourth flight of the Delta IV medium+ configuration and the 23rd flight of the Delta IV family of launch vehicles.
Wideband Global SATCOM provides anytime, anywhere communication for the warfighter through broadcast, multicast, and point to point connections. WGS is the only military satellite communications system that can support simultaneous X and Ka band communications.
ULA´s next launch is the Delta IV Heavy NROL-65 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office scheduled on Aug. 28, from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
The EELV program was established by the United States Air Force to provide assured access to space for the US Department of Defense and other government payloads. The commercially developed EELV Program supports the full range of government mission requirements, while delivering on schedule and providing significant cost savings over the heritage launch systems.
ULA programme management, engineering, test, and mission support functions are headquartered in Denver, Colo. Manufacturing, assembly and integration operations are located at Decatur, Ala., and Harlingen, Texas. Launch operations are located at Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., and Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
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