The WGS-9 satellite, safely inside the Delta IV payload fairing, is fastened to the Delta IV booster. The WGS network can adapt coverage areas anywhere within its field, providing enhanced communications to U.S. military efforts around the globe.
On Top of the World
Safely inside a 5-meter payload fairing atop the Delta IV booster, the U.S. Air Force's Wideband Global SATCOM 9 (WGS-9) communications satellite stands at the ready inside the Mobile Service Tower at Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex-37. The WGS satellites configure a new high-capacity satellite communications system, the WGS network, that will connect the U.S. military and leadership across the world.
United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket launch art
A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket is poised to lift off Saturday (March 18) carrying a Boeing-built Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) network satellite.