IN BRIEF: Boeing to produce more wideband global SATCOM satellites for U.S. Air Force

Boeing has received authorization from the U.S. Air Force to produce and launch the eighth and ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellites. WGS-8 and -9 will join four other satellites that are part of the Block II series. Block II adds a switchable radio-frequency bypass that enables the transmission of airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) imagery at data rates approximately three times greater than the rates available on Block I satellites. WGS satellites are built on the Boeing 702HP platform, which features xenon-ion propulsion, deployable thermal radiators, and triple-junction gallium-arsenide solar arrays that enable high-capacity, flexible payloads.

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