Environmental Impact Analysis Process, Environmental Assessment U.S. Air Force Wideband Gapfiller Satellite Program
SPACE AND MISSILE SYSTEMS CENTER LOS ANGELES AFB CA
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The Department of Defense DoD wideband satellite communication services are currently provided by a combination of Defense Satellite Communications System DSCS satellites and Global Broadcast System GBS packages hosted on Ultra High Frequency UHF Follow-On Satellites. These existing satellite systems will not meet the growing data rate communication requirements in the future. As the requirements continue to grow, the DSCS and UFO constellations are degrading. The DoD requires the Wideband Gapfiller Satellites WGS as an interim solution to maintain existing worldwide coverage of U.S. military communications support. The WGS Program will serve as part of a supplemental wideband communication system until development of the Advanced Wideband Satellite System that is expected to be fielded at the end of this decade. The MILSATCOM Joint Program Office SMCMCX is considering the processing of up to six new commercial-like, wideband satellites that are launch-ready. The WGS satellites will be deployed using existing facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Station, Florida CCAS, beginning in 2004. The WGS satellites will be compatible with the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle EELV. Three contractors are currently competing to develop and deliver WGS satellites to orbit. Contractors will be allowed to choose a satellite launch processing facility, either an existing commercial facility or a government-ownedgovernment operated facility, since satellite launch processing is part of the purchase package. SMCMCX will take ownership of the satellite after each WGS satellite is in orbit.
- Unmanned Spacecraft
- Radio Communications