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45th Space Wing Launches WGS-7 from 'The Cape'

The U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing successfully launched a United Launch Alliance-built Delta IV rocket at 8:07 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 37B carrying the seventh Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) satellite, July 23, 2015. (Photo by United Launch Alliance)

The U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing successfully launched a United Launch Alliance-built Delta IV rocket at 8:07 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 37B carrying the seventh Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) satellite, July 23, 2015. (Photo by United Launch Alliance)

The U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing successfully launched a United Launch Alliance-built Delta IV rocket at 8:07 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 37B carrying the seventh Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) satellite, July 23, 2015. (Photo by United Launch Alliance)

The U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing successfully launched a United Launch Alliance-built Delta IV rocket at 8:07 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 37B carrying the seventh Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) satellite, July 23, 2015. (Photo by United Launch Alliance)

The U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing successfully launched a United Launch Alliance-built Delta IV rocket at 8:07 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 37B carrying the seventh Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) satellite, July 23, 2015. (Photo by Jason Rhian)

The U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing successfully launched a United Launch Alliance-built Delta IV rocket at 8:07 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 37B carrying the seventh Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) satellite, July 23, 2015. (Photo by Jason Rhian)

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- The U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing successfully launched a United Launch Alliance-built Delta IV rocket at 8:07 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 37B carrying the seventh Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) satellite, July 23, 2015. 

This was the 30th Delta IV mission since the vehicle's inaugural flight in 2002 and the fifth flight of the Medium+ (5 meter fairing, with 4 solid rocket motors) configuration. The four previous Delta IV launches in this configuration were also WGS missions.

WGS provides essential anytime, anywhere communication services for the warfighter through broadcast, multicast, and point to point connections. WGS is the only military satellite communications system that can support simultaneous X and Ka band communications, with crossbanding that makes it transparent to the warfighter to communicate across terminal types.  The system enables Combatant Commanders to exert command and control of their tactical forces, from peacetime to military operations.  Tactical forces will rely on WGS to provide high-capacity connectivity to the Defense Information Systems Network (DISN).

A combined team of military, government civilians and contractors from across the 45th Space Wing provided support to the mission, including weather forecasts, launch and range operations, security, safety and public affairs.  

Col. Shawn Fairhurst, 45th Space Wing Vice Commander, praised the entire, mission-focused team on the outstanding results - only seven days following the successful launch of GPS-10 aboard an Atlas V on July 15.

"Today's successful launch culminated months of impressive effort from a combined team of professionals from the 45th Space Wing, the Space and Missile Systems Center, United Launch Alliance, Boeing, our industry and mission partners," said Fairhurst. "I commend everyone involved in this WGS-7 launch.

"Once again the men and women of Team Patrick-Cape provided assured Space Launch, Range and Combat Capabilities for the Nation, further solidifying Cape Canaveral as the World's Premier Gateway to Space" he said.