LAUNCH UPDATE: United Launch Alliance Delta IV Set For Launch Today From Cape Canaveral
By Unites Launch Alliance // December 7, 2016
Launch Window Opens At 6:53 p.m. E.T
ABOVE VIDEO: Complete Launch Pad Camera Compilation Delta IV WGS-7 Launch
BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION – A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) configuration will launch the eighth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-8) mission for the U.S. Air Force on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
WGS satellites are important elements of a high-capacity satellite communications system providing enhanced communications capabilities to America’s troops in the field for the next decade and beyond.
WGS enables more robust and flexible execution of Command and Control, Communications Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), as well as battle management and combat support information functions.
The WGS constellation augments the existing service available through the UHF Follow-on satellite by providing enhanced information broadcast capabilities.
WGS-8 will mark ULA’s 70th national security launch since the company was founded in 2006. This is the sixth flight in the Medium+ (5,4) configuration; all launches in this configuration were WGS missions.
To keep up to speed with updates to the launch countdown, dial the ULA launch hotline at 1-877-852-4321 or join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch; hashtags #WGS8, and #DeltaIV.
Stay tuned to Space Coast Daily and Space Coast Daily TV for any updates to the December 7 launch and we will carry the launch live on Space Coast Daily TV.
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