ULA set for 2nd Space Coast launch this week

New US Military Communications Satellite to Launch Saturday

These satellites provide a worldwide communications network for the USA military and its allies.

This rocket was built and flown in by the United Launch Alliance and the 22-story heighted booster lifted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 8:18 p.m. EDT.

The WGS-9 satellite was paid for by a six nation consortium that includes Canada, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands amd the United States.

The access to this constellation depends on the financial support when it comes to partners.

WGS satellites play an essential role in the tactical and strategic adjustment of military operations.

On Thursday, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a communications satellite from Kennedy Space Center's pad 39A.

After the satellite is positioned 33,000 miles above the equator and the satellite - which is known as being a part of the WGS-9 - is reported to join the constellation, it will cater to the highest capacity communications services of the military.

This was the 35th launch of a Delta 4 rocket since the current version of the booster began flying in 2002, all of them successful.

Rico Attanasio, executive director, Boeing Department of Defense/Civil Satellite Programs, said: 'This unique worldwide collaboration increases military interoperability and expands affordable high-data-rate communications for USA and allied partners around the globe.

"This launch commemorates the 70th anniversary of the USAF." said Laura Maginnis, ULA vice president of Government Satellite Launch.

The Delta IV rocket was powered by one common booster core and four solid rocket motors built by Orbital ATK. Boeing is on contract for ten WGS satellites, the last of which is tentatively scheduled for launch in 2018.

This is the third launch in 2017 and the 118th successful launch since ULA, a consortium by Boeing and Lockheed Martin, was formed in December 2006.

The is the seventh flight in the Medium+ (5,4) configuration; all of which were for prior WGS missions.

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