Air Force launches military satellite into space

Jan 20, 2012

(AP) -- The Air Force has sent into space a satellite that is expected to improve communications with military drones in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Officials say a Delta 4 rocket carried the WGS 4 satellite from at 7:38 p.m. Thursday.

It's the fourth in a series of that have been put into place since 2007. The next one is expected to be ready to launch next year.

WGS stands for Wideband Global SATCOM. The satellites are replacing aging Defense Satellite Communications System spacecraft and have 10 times the speed and capacity of the older satellites.

Explore further: SpaceX picks up launch pace, sets April 27 commercial launch and May 5 Dragon pad abort test

0 shares

Related Stories

Launch delayed for satellite to watch space debris

Jul 06, 2010

(AP) -- The launch of a new U.S. Air Force space surveillance satellite has been delayed due to a software problem in a rocket similar to the one that will lift the satellite into orbit.

Recommended for you

Zapping away space junk

4 hours ago

Planet Earth is surrounded. Thousands of tons of dangerous space debris circle in low orbit, threatening serious damage, even death, if any were to strike the International Space Station. A proposal by a ...

Ariane 5's first launch of 2015

5 hours ago

An Ariane 5 has lifted off from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana and delivered two telecom satellites into their planned orbits.

User comments : 3

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

cloroxcomet
5 / 5 (1) Jan 20, 2012
Fascinating article.
Deathclock
3 / 5 (2) Jan 20, 2012
I am stunned by the wealth of information presented here.
Argiod
1 / 5 (2) Jan 20, 2012
Just what we need; more junk flying overhead. And people wonder why there are so many more paranoids in the world today...

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.