Wideband Global Satellite Communications

August 26, 2020
Posted by: Kimberly Underwood
The Space and Missile Systems Center’s (SMC's) Wideband Global Satellite-10 (WGS-10) is encapsulated in the Delta IV rocket for its launch in March 2019 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. SMC just completed a test of a key anti-jamming technology that it plans to add to satellites WGS 1 through WGS 10. Credit: Van Ha, SMC Public Affairs.

On August 26, the U.S. Space Force announced that its Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) had successfully completed a key test of an anti-jamming capability designed for its Wideband Global Satellite (WGS) Communication platform.

The new solution, known as MAJE, or Mitigation and Anti-Jam Enhancement, includes both software and hardware upgrades for the Global SATCOM Configuration Control Element (GSCCE) ground system, which is operated by the U.S. Army.

“MAJE will double the anti-jam SATCOM capabilities for six Geographic Combatant Commands,” added Col. John Dukes, USAF, SMC’s Geosynchronous Polar Orbit Division senior materiel leader.

October 1, 2018
By Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch
Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Austin Vosburg, USN, performs routine maintenance on the USS Zephyr’s commercial broadband satellite program equipment. The maritime family of SATCOM terminals provides high data rate communications to small and large ships.

The impact of world events on military operators in the field have made missions exponentially more demanding, and in tandem, the very simple concept of connectivity has transformed into a complex and challenging task. As new events occur around the globe, military and government users in remote and often hostile environments require instant and reliable connectivity empowered by robust intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensor data. Resilient and secure satellite communications capabilities warfighters rely on also must be accessible at a moment’s notice.

December 19, 2011
By George Seffers

Boeing Satellite Systems, El Segundo, California, is being awarded a $296,137,332 firm-fixed-price, contract for modification of the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) Block II follow-on. The contract exercises the option to produce, process, launch, and activate on-orbit Satellite Vehicle Eight as previously negotiated. Space and Missile Systems Center, El Segundo, California, is the contracting activity.

November 30, 2011
By George Seffers

United Launch Service, LLC, Littleton, Colorado, is being awarded a $150 million firm-fixed-price contract to provide Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle launch services in support of the fifth Wideband Global Satellite Communication mission. The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, El Segundo, California, is the contracting activity.

May 9, 2011
By George Seffers

United Launch Services LLC, Littleton, Colorado, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $575 million contract to provide Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle launch services in support of the following missions: Mobile User Objective Services 2; Wideband Global Satellite Communications 6; and National Reconnaissance Office Launch 65. The Space and Missile Systems Center/Launch and Range Systems Directorate, El Segundo Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity.