WGS-8 Satellite Mated to Delta IV Rocket
The U.S. Air Force's eighth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite, encapsulated in a 5-meter payload fairing, is mated to a Delta IV booster at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex (SLC)-37.
WGS-8 Satellite Mated to Rocket
The U.S. Air Force's WGS-8 satellite, encapsulated in a 5-meter payload fairing, is mated to a Delta IV booster at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex (SLC)-37 ahead of a Dec. 7, 2016 launch.
WGS-8 Mission Poster
United Launch Alliance's poster for the WGS-8 mission, which launched a military communications satellite on Dec. 7, 2016.
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