On 3 April 2017, SSC Space US, the U.S. subsidiary of SSC, successfully concluded its support of Boeing’s launch and early orbit checkout of the eighth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-8) satellite.
Boeing leveraged SSC’s multi-band satellite ground network services to support its WGS-8 orbit raising and system checkout process prior to transferring command and control to the 3rd Space Operations Squadron, at Schriever AFB.
During the three month launch and early orbit checkout period, SSC ground stations in Hawaii, Alaska, Chile and Western Australia used Satellite Ground Link System (SGLS) and Unified S-Band (USB) frequency bands to meet all launch and satellite checkout communications requirements.
“SSC Space US has supported launch and early orbit checkout operations for all eight WGS satellites and the Boeing/SSC partnership will continue in the future with the WGS-9 and WGS-10 missions. SSC is proud to be in a long-term relationship with Boeing on this important mission providing safe and secure critical communications,” said Erik Eliasen, Vice President of National Security Space Programs for SSC Space US.