Range Tracking

Enhanced Communications for the Warfighter


A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying the ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9) satellite for the United States Air Force lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex-37 at 8:18 p.m. on 18 March 2017.

“This launch commemorates the 70th anniversary of the USAF.” said Laura Maginnis, ULA vice president of Government Satellite Launch. “We are absolutely honored to play a role in this important milestone, while safely delivering WGS-9 to orbit.”

WGS satellites are important elements of a new high-capacity satellite communications system providing enhanced communications capabilities to United States and Allied troops in the field.

View a gallery of WGS-9 launch images.

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