Boeing [NYSE: BA] has announced it has developed a new variant of its 702 satellite for the US Air Force´s Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) constellation, offering both greater bandwidth efficiency and signal power than previous satellites in the fleet, the company said.
Advances in Boeing digital satellite technology mean WGS-11 will deliver hundreds of coverage beams and provide a more flexible and efficient use of bandwidth. These innovations will enable the spacecraft to support more users in theater and allow dedicated beams to follow aircraft in flight.
WGS provides dedicated high capacity broadband communications connectivity to US and allied forces around the world. Boeing has been the lead contractor on the program since it began in 2001.