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Air Force reviewing Boeing’s bid for WGS-11, projects satellite could be ready in five years

20 Oct 2019, 23:12 UTC
Air Force reviewing Boeing’s bid for WGS-11, projects satellite could be ready in five years
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force and Boeing are still negotiating the terms of a $605 million deal the company was awarded in April for the production of the 11th satellite of the Wideband Global Satellite Communication (WGS) constellation. The Air Force estimates the satellite could be ready for launch in about five years if an agreement is reached soon. One of the sticking points is the use of WGS-11 as a platform for hosted payloads.
The terms of the contract with Boeing for WGS-11 production are actively being negotiated, a spokeswoman for the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center said in a statement to SpaceNews.
The deal announced April 19 was an “undefinitized contract action” which means that many of the details have not been agreed to. SMC is reviewing Boeing’s proposal “along with potential hosted payload options,” said SMC’s statement. The five-year timeline could slip if a definitive contract is not signed in the near future.
WGS program office and Boeing leaders are preparing for an upcoming “system requirements review,” SMC said. One of the items under discussion is making WGS-11 a “viable government host platform for rapid prototyping efforts.” SMC did not provide further details on ...

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