WATCH LIVE: ULA to Launch Delta IV M+(5,4) #WGS-10 @5:56pm EST

WATCH LIVE: ULA to Launch Delta IV M+(5,4) #WGS-10 @5:56pm EST Listen

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A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket will launch the 10th Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS 10) spacecraft for the U.S. military at 5:56 p.m. EST from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Liftoff window begins at 5:56 p.m. EST (22:56 GMT).

This will be the 10th satellite of the WGS constellation that provides broadband communications for the U.S. military and allies.

The Air Force 45th Space Wing will support the WGS-10 launch March 13 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 37.

WGS-10 will be the eighth flight of the Delta 4 in the medium configuration, all of which have been WGS missions. WGS-10 will be the 39th launch of the Delta 4 since it was introduced in 2002.

Up until a year ago, the Air Force had planned to make WGS-10 the last of the constellation and had been studying alternatives such as buying commercial broadband services from the private sector. But Congress had other ideas.

On grounds that the Air Force was lagging in developing a strategy for acquiring satellite broadband into the future, appropriators out of nowhere inserted $600 million into the Pentagon’s fiscal year 2018 budget for the procurement of WGS-11 and WGS-12.

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