DELTA IV BLASTS OFF TONIGHT FROM CAPE

By  //  August 7, 2013


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Rocket set to launch at 8:29 p.m.

Atlas V MUOS-2 on SL41 with Delta IV WGS WDR on SL36. (ULA image)

There is a launch window of 49 minutes for the United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket that is set for tonight from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 8:29 p.m. (ULA image)

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BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket is set for launch tonight from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 8:29 p.m.

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The Delta IV will deliver the Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) 6 Satellite to Supersynchronous Transfer Orbit. The WGS satellite will enhance communication for military operations around the globe by allowing troops to conduct multiple and simultaneous military operations, both independently, and as part of a coalition force. (ULA image)

There is a launch window of 49 minutes and the 45th Weather Squadron says the weather forecast looks good and Meteorologists have issued an 80 percent chance of favorable conditions during the launch window.

The Delta IV will deliver the Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) 6 Satellite to Supersynchronous Transfer Orbit.

The WGS satellite will enhance communication for military operations around the globe by allowing troops to conduct multiple and simultaneous military operations, both independently, and as part of a coalition force.

The Wideband Global Satcom 6 Satellite is the third in a series of improved WGS satellites providing communications for military operations including unmanned drones used for surveillance and intelligence gathering operations around the globe. Other secure communications are also provided by the Vehicle.

WGS-4 that was launched early in 2012, WGS-5 that was orbited in May 2013 and WGS-6 feature bigger bandwidth capabilities than the early WGS spacecraft that were being launched in 2007 and 2009.

WGS-6 was financed by Australia which will allow the country global access to the WGS fleet for worldwide secure communications capability.

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