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Advanced Wideband Satellite (AWS) (U)

Overview (U):

(U) The Advanced Wideband Satellite (AWS) will be acquired to continue wideband fixed-to-fixed communications and tactical unprotected service now performed by Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS), and also Global Broadcast Service (GBS) capabilities provided by UHF Follow-on (UFO) satellites 8, 9, and 10. The AWS program is conceived to be three DoD-owned, high capacity, commercial-like satellites to be launched beginning in 2008. These satellites will include high capacity SHF, a GBS package comparable to that on UFOs 8, 9, & 10, and a two way Ka-band that will assist the DoD in moving to a future MILSATCOM architecture dominated by Ka-band communications. This capability, when combined with Defense Satellite Communications System Service Life Extension Program (DSCS SLEP) and GBS will provide a dramatic increase in tactical capability for the warfighter. The AWS will more directly replace both the SHF/Ka Wideband Gapfiller satellites and the UFO GBS segments. Consideration is being given to procuring a fourth gapfiller satellite.

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Related Initiatives Related Requirements Related Categories Road Map Placements
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Description (U):

(U) The Advanced Wideband Satellite (AWS) program is conceived of as three DoD-owned, high capacity, commercial-like satellites to be launched beginning in 2004. These satellites will include high capacity SHF, a GBS package comparable to that on UFOs 8, 9, & 10, and a two way Ka-band. The Ka-band system will provide protected communications that will assist the DoD in moving to a future MILSATCOM architecture dominated by Ka-band communications. The GBS provides worldwide fully capable wideband communications capabilities to address long term DoD needs in information transmission, reception, and handling. The funding in the current Advanced SHF/Ka program will cover the space segment costs for this program. This gapfiller capability, when combined with DSCS SLEP and GBS will provide a dramatic increase in tactical capability. The decision to use a commercial-like wideband system was reached after it was determined that no commercial system was mature enough to support critical warfighter requirements. This gapfiller option will permit the DoD to exploit the commercial market as it matures. Consideration is being given to procuring a fourth gapfiller satellite. Part of the rationale for the SHF gapfiller option included exploitation of current and planned terminal programs. The satellite will be designed to be launched on a Medium Launch Vehicle (MLV).

User Impact (U):

(U) The Advanced Wideband System, when combined with DSCS SLEP and GBS, will provide a dramatic increase in tactical capability for the warfighter.

Programmatics (U):

(U) Programmable.

Images (U):

(U) None.

Related Initiatives (U):
NameTitle
AN/WSC-6(V)XAN/WSC-6(V)X
DSCS IIDefense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) II
DSCS IIIDefense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) III
DSCS Service Life Enhance ProgDefense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) Service Life Enhancement Program (SLEP)
EELV (MLV)Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Medium Lift Vehicle (MLV)
GBS Phase IIGlobal Broadcast Service (GBS) Phase II
GBS TerminalsGlobal Broadcast Service (GBS) Terminals
Lightwt Multi-band Sat TerminalLightweight Multi-band Satellite Terminal (LMST)
Single Channel Transponder SysSingle Channel Transponder System (SCTS)
STAR-TSHF Tri-Band Advanced Range-Extension Terminal (STAR-T)
UHF Next Generation SatelliteUHF Next Generation Satellite
Wideband GapfillerWideband Gapfiller
This Table Is Unclassified.

Related Requirements (U):None.

Related Categories (U):
NameTitle
MILSATCOMMilitary Sattelite Communications
SHF Satellite SystemsSuper High Frequency (SHF) Satellite Systems
Space-Based WarningSpace-Based Warning Systems
This Table Is Unclassified.

Road Map Placements (U):

NameTitle
Major DoD Space ProgramsEvolution of the Selected Space Programs
MILSATCOMSPACE FORCE ENHANCEMENT: MILSATCOM
National Security Space Road MapIntegrated System Road Map
This Table Is Unclassified.

Requirements, Funding and Additional Hotlinks (U):

(U) None.

Lead Office (U):

(U) Air Force.

(U) DoD: OASD(C3I), Pentagon, Washington, DC
(U) Service Staff: Air Force: SAF/AQS, HQAF/XOR Pentagon; HQAF/SCM, Pentagon, Washington, DC
(U) Major Command: AFMC, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, CA
(U) Program Management: AF PEO (Space), Pentagon, Washington, DC; MILSATCOM Joint Program Office, Los Angeles AFB, CA

Point of Contact (U):

(U) Maj Steven Cliatt, SMC, Open Phone: (310) 336-4475.

Date Of Information (U):

(U) 04 September 1997





(U) Road Map Production Date: 12 July 1999