CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., –A Delta Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying the tenth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite to the US Air Force lifted from Space Launch Complex-37 on March 15 at 8:26 pm EDT.
"We are very proud to deliver this critical asset to orbit in support of US and Allied warriors deployed around the world who defend our national security," said Gary Wentz, ULA vice president of government and trade programs .
The WGS-10 satellite, built by the Boeing Company, is an important element of the new high-capacity satellite satellite communications system. Each WGS satellite delivers more broadband communication capability than the entire Defense Satellite Communications System.
This mission was launched aboard a Delta IV Medium + (5.4) configuration wagon, built in Decatur, Alabama, including a 5 meter payload Fairing and standing at 218 feet. The Delta IV common booster core was powered by the RS-68A engine and Delta Cryogenic Second Stage was powered by the RL10B-2 engine, both supplied by Aerojet Rocketdyne. Northrop Grumman supplied the four fixed rocket engines. At liftoff, the main engine and four solid rocket engines came to produce approx. 1.7 million pounds of shock.
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